The extravagantly costly Beatrice Inn — the place a whiskey-soaked steak prices $700 — doesn’t pay its tipped employees a good wage, in response to a lawsuit.
The high-end West Village chophouse ordered bartenders and barbacks to carry out duties like ironing tablecloths and cleansing votive candles, that are duties sometimes assigned to employees making the total minimal wage, in response to papers filed this week in Manhattan Supreme Court docket.
Former bartender Dmitry Gurvits’ swimsuit seeks class-action standing and names head chef and proprietor Angie Mar as a defendant. He alleges he routinely labored between 40 and 60 hours however was not correctly paid additional time.
Gurvits mentioned he and different tipped employees had been additionally wrongly required to pool ideas with non-tipped employees like bar managers and silverware polishers. Such tip-sharing is a violation of state labor legal guidelines, which distinguish between employees who work together with prospects and those that don’t.
“I don’t know the way in 2018 a enterprise like this that’s promoting steaks for a whole lot of doesn’t know what the regulation requires of them,” mentioned Gurvits’ lawyer, Brian Schaffer.
He mentioned he represents two different workers of the restaurant who will be part of the swimsuit looking for again wages and different damages for all eligible tipped employees.
Meals web site Eater reported final summer season that an extravagant seafood platter on the W. 12th restaurant offered for $485. A dry-aged burger with black truffles prices $105. The restaurant’s famed whiskey-soaked tomahawk ribeye value $14 an oz., with a minimal of 50 ounces.
A lawyer for the restaurant declined to remark.