Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Ker-falafel: The Olive has Fallen From the Vine.
Looks like the Olive Vine Cafe's 15th Street location has closed amongst allegations their employees were not being paid the minimum wage of $7.25 a hour. However, before you swear off the Zaater Bread, you should know the owner of the OV Cafe is currently "negotiating a resolution" in order to pay back those lost wages.
According to this sign on the door, they are still planning on making deliveries to this end of the Slope. Just make sure you tip those delivery men well, preferably in cash.
NY 1 is reporting The State Labor Department released a report that says 25 Brooklyn restaurants and cafes owe at least $910,000 in unpaid wages to more than 200 workers.
State inspections of Park Slope restaurants during the spring found that some workers made as little as $2.75 an hour, which is far below the state minimum wage of $7.25.
Of the 25 cases involving 207 workers, 12 restaurants paid back the wages while 13 other restaurants are still in negotiations to pay back the wages.
Some of the worst violations involved delivery workers, who earned $210 to $275 a week for 60 to 70 hours of work.
Most of the involved workers were immigrants.
Park Slope Restaurants With Violations
The following restaurants are negotiating a resolution for payment:
Aunt Suzie's Restaurant
Bogota Latin Bistro
Marcho Corp's Cholita
Olive Vine Cafe (two locations)
The following restaurants have made full or partial payments:
Mezcali's Mexican (three locations)
Red Hot Szechuan
Slim Lamb "Miracle Grill"
Sweet Melissa Park Slope
On an upbeat note... South Slopers may only have to wait till this January for the opening of David Massoni and partners' newest creation,
Thistle Hill Tavern.
The new owners are already busy gutting the old Olive Vine space, removing most of that unappetizing, overly polyurethaned wood paneling that seemed to cover every square inch.
For those Olive Vine regulars...