I’ve definitely made the $2.31 per hour before. But, I don’t think that was legal according to State law. In the end, it doesn’t matter because the majority of your income is tips. Your salary is inconsequential, be it $2 or $15. But, that was a new, very poorly run country club that didn’t last very long. They were not in biz more than 3-6 months and I didn’t stay more than 2 weeks. They had a famous chef on the books who was an investor. But, I never saw that guy and the food kept getting sent back because they had some teenager cooking. It was very scammy.
They also expected tip pooling, which is a warning sign. If a restaurant can’t afford to pay their kitchen staff, that’s a sign of immanent death. Tip pooling is illegal in MN. They wanted us to tip pool with all the kitchen staff and the bartenders. I was only making $2 an hour (no tips), so I ‘tip’ shared them out of wages - $0.30 an hour, split three ways, which was obnoxious. But, thats what they were pulling in. I was actually paying to work there, the food and service was sooooo bad. That’s why you avoid new places. New places are very high risk. Even though it was a fancy place, I would have made more at any long standing strip mall joint - like a Chinese restaurant or a local bar. The customers were also acenine (spelling?) and I think that there were very few legitimate customers - most of them were friends of the owner (who never showed up) or investors in the scam.
Restaurants aren’t run like that. You want to be careful because I think that sometimes rich people start businesses as tax write offs.
It was fun to watch - like watching a plane crash. They lost huge money, but I think it was other people’s $ they lost (because of their use of the word ‘investors’ - that odd). Owners never showed up. That’s highly unusual. Most restaurant owners work 24/7. I was getting sexually harassed by customers (which is VERY unusual). But, I found it amusing. I like doing standup comedy when I wait tables. Some guys seemed to be very wealthy and very drunk and were forcing their employees to have dinner with them. They were quite abusive to their dinner mates…and to me. But, I was able to get their entire staff to laugh at them (which was difficult and those guys prob got fired). But, I was only making $2 an hour and after two weeks, the owner actually showed up and fired me for that. It was worth every penny I spent to work there. I learned things. It was fun. I like doing dishes. So, sometimes I just did that when I couldn’t bare to watch what was going down in the front of the house.