8arm adds a 20 percent service charge to orders
8ARM restaurant and bar, located on Ponce de Leon Avenue near Ponce City Market, now adds a 20 percent service charge to checks. A post to Instagram states the service charge is being split among all 8ARM employees.
“We believe the tipping structure the restaurant industry is built on was founded on racism, and leaves service workers in a position to face discrimination, harassment, and a devaluation of their skilled labor,” the post reads. “The only way we can provide a competitive wage for our employees, if we did not add a service charge, would be to raise the prices of our menu items.”
Tipped employees, such as servers and bartenders, make a minimum of $2.13 an hour. The new service charge at 8ARM is listed on the check, along with food and drinks ordered. Diners are encouraged to leave additional gratuity. A 20 percent tip before tax is considered the standard.
Glide Pizza opens at Irwin Street Market
Glide Pizza, owned by Rob Birdsong, opened this past weekend inside Irwin Street Market along the Eastside Beltline, the Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported. The market is also home to Jake’s Ice Cream and Academy Coffee. Glide Pizza serves slices and 20-inch Brooklyn-style pies for takeout or local delivery via electric bicycle. Glide partnered with Atlanta-based Edison Bicycles in the delivery initiative. People can order online or at the takeout window outside the market. The pizza stall is open Tuesday through Sunday. [ABC]
Atlanta Teriyaki food stall opening in East Atlanta Village
Poke Burri and Lifting Noodles Ramen owners, Seven Chan and Ken Yu, plan to open Atlanta Teriyaki at We Suki Suki a Global Grub Collective in East Atlanta Village, What Now Atlanta reports. The food stall could open as soon as mid-August. Both Poke Burri and Lifting Noodles Ramen were born out of and found success at the micro food hall, owned by Quynh “Q” Trinh. The menu for Atlanta Teriyaki features dishes like fried pork dumplings, Kyoto fries, spicy chicken wings, and a variety of teriyaki rice bowls and fried rice. [WNA]
Over-the-top milkshake spot The Yard Milkshake Bar opens Downtown
Over-the-top milkshake spot The Yard Milkshake Bar opened this month on Marietta Street in downtown Atlanta, the AJC reports. Owned by Logan Green and Chelsea Green, who appeared on the reality TV show “Shark Tank” last year and received $400,000 from Mark Cuban, opened their first shop in Gulf Shores, Alabama, three years ago. The menu at the Yard features a variety of milkshakes and sundaes served in pint-sized mason jars, with the option to build-your-own concoctions. The Yard has locations throughout Alabama, Texas, and Mississippi. [AJC]