Conn. tavern owner irked over new min. wage bill

PLAINVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) — A restaurant owner here says the new minimum wage bill expected to be signed into law by the governor Thursday night is bad news for business.

“It’s going to force me to raise my prices,” Tim Adams of Timothy’s Taverne said.

At Timothy’s Taverne, there’s a staff of 95. Under state law and because they get tips, wait staff can be paid a discounted minimum wage about a third less than the full value.

The new law, which increases the minimum wage from $8.70 to $10.10 by 2017, will raise the minimum per hour pay for waiters from $5.69 to $6.38 by 2017.

Bartenders will also see their discounted pay increase, from the current $7.34 per hour rate to $8.23 by 2017.

About 150,000 Connecticut residents work at waiting on the rest of us in the state.

“Most of my tipped servers already make $25 an hour,” Adams said. “I’d like to have that extra little bit of money in the pie to give to my hourly guys in the kitchen.”

Adams and the Connecticut Restaurant Association say this state-mandated increase in the base wages of tipped employees will only make everything else more expensive.

“It’s going to force me to be very judicious about who I have working and when I have them working,” Adams added.

Read the full schedule of the increases for tipped employees here.

More on the minimum wage to come.

Mark Davis reporting

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