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Renee Erickson Raises Wages to $15/Hour; Redhook's New Seattle Brewpub

This week's top hits from Eater Seattle, Curbed's sibling bar, restaurant, and nightlife blog.

TIPPING -- Last week, Renee Erickson announced that starting next Monday, The Walrus and the Carpenter, The Whale Wins, and Barnacle will no longer accept tips. In their stead, she said the restaurants will add an 18.5 percent service fee to checks that will be shared between front- and back-of-the-house employees. What Erickson did not announce in her original press release, however, was that also beginning May 4, all front-and back-of-house workers—including servers, cooks, and dishwashers—in these three restaurants will make a base pay of at least $15 per hour, and will also receive a bonus based on daily sales and hours worked.

CONTROVERSIES -- In other minimum wage law news, Broadway zPizza will close in August after five years because business has become too expensive with the new labor costs. This will mark the first restaurant to cite the new minimum wage law as reason for closure.

COMING ATTRACTIONS -- Redhook is returning to its Seattle roots with a new brewpub planned for 2017. Redhook was founded in Seattle in 1981 and previously had brewpubs in Fremont and Ballard, the two neighborhoods it's currently scouting for its Seattle reappearance.