Thai Fresh introduces table service, eliminates tipping

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The dressing gives a spicy kick to the steak salad at Thai Fresh in South Austin.
The dressing gives a spicy kick to the steak salad at Thai Fresh in South Austin.

The dressing gives a spicy kick to the steak salad at Thai Fresh in South Austin.

Bouldin Creek neighborhood favorite Thai Fresh is moving from counter service to full table service. The restaurant which opened in August 2008 and emphasizes sustainable and locally sourced ingredients will also eliminate tipping in an effort to ensure a living wage for employees. The changes go into effect on Monday, though the restaurant will still offer to-go service after that date.

“The change reflects the early stages of an industry-wide movement looking to close the ‘front and back-of-house’ wage gap as well as ensure regulated wages overall,” the restaurant said in an emailed statement. “Traditional gratuity will be integrated into menu prices rather than employee wages being left to fluctuations in business flow.

The restaurant owned by Jam Sanichat and Bruce Barnes also features a bakery and café selling vegan items, a retail shop selling Thai grocery items and offers Thai cooking classes.

 

 


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