McLoone restaurants in New Jersey will pay all staff $ 15 an hour
TINTON FALLS, NJ – Jersey Shore restaurateur Tim McCloone announced Thursday that, effective now, everyone in his restaurant empire will be paid $ 15 an hour. He may be the first large-scale restaurant owner in the state to adopt such a policy.
McLoone has 10 restaurants in New Jersey; they’re mostly found in County Monmouth, from Rum Runner to Sea Bright to Iron Whale to Asbury Park. He also has outposts that bear his name in Woodbridge and Bayonne. His empire will soon grow to 12 when his two new Pier Village restaurants open in Long Branch (Kahuna Burger and a third Robinson Ale House) in June.
It employs about 1,500 people in the height of the summer season (that’s about 700 to 800 in the quieter winter months).
An important thing to know: He is keen to stress that his servers will continue to receive the state-imposed minimum cash wage for employees with tips of $ 3.13 per hour. You should therefore always tip. But McLoone said at the end of the day, when they get their tips, if it doesn’t come out at $ 15 an hour, he’ll make sure their hourly pay is $ 15.
McLoone said when the waiters and waitresses who worked for him heard about Thursday’s news, they were initially upset because they believed it meant customers would tip them far less.
McCloone tapped into a nationally debated light rod question: Should low-wage workers be paid better? President Joe Biden has called for the minimum wage to be set at $ 15 an hour. Here in New Jersey, Governor Murphy has set a payment schedule for all minimum wage employers of $ 15 an hour by 2024.
McLoone is ahead of the curve.
“Yeah, I think we’ll be copied and yeah, I think we’ll be hated (by other restaurateurs),” he laughed at Patch’s question. “The way you are treated in the business is very important. We have very little turnover and I would like to think that one of the reasons people stay with us is because they get paid and treated fairly. It means a lot to people. “
McLoone, who owns his chain of restaurants with his wife, said the idea of raising the minimum wage had been going through his head “for some time.”
“I was paying them about $ 13, then going to $ 14, then $ 15 in June. So I thought we just needed to make $ 15 now, ”he said. McLoone is 70 years old and lives in Little Silver.
What McLoone said he’s really trying to help are his lowest paid workers: food runners, dishwashers, prep cooks, bar backs. He said his tip servers “do well on sunny days; there is a pent-up demand for people to dine out” and he also said his bartenders “would do well again once the governor will lift bar restrictions “.
Like millions of businesses across America, he’s received Federal Payroll Protection Plan (P3) funds over the past year and he’s said part of it will result.
“What we were trying to do was take our lowest wage earner and help us consolidate our workforce,” he said. “My real feeling about it was that we got support from government and PPPs and I wanted that to spill over. Everyone says it doesn’t happen, but I wanted it to happen.”
“So yeah, that dishwasher that’s coming in the door for the first time, or that high school kid who gets her first job as a hostess is going to make more money this summer.”
One problem currently seen by restaurant and bar owners across the country is the struggle to find employees: some restaurants say they just can’t find people who want to work.
McLoone said he too is going through part of that and, yes, he thinks paying his staff $ 15 an hour will help him.
“What people don’t realize is that there is actually a lot of competition for low-wage jobs, especially in the summer. There are a lot of restaurants on the Jersey Shore. You can get money. high school and college education that can be paid $ 20 a year. hour to babysit, “he says.” Most people we know want to work. “
McLoone currently owns and operates:
- Rum Runner at Sea Bright
- Supper Club at Asbury Park
- CJ McLoone at Tinton Falls
- Robinson Ale House in Red Bank
- Iron Whale in Asbury Park
- Robinson Ale House in Asbury Park
- McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange
- Bayonne grid from McLoone to Bayonne
- McLoone’s Woodbridge Grille in Ford
- Pier House in Long Branch
Coming this summer:
- A third Robinson Ale House at Pier Village in Long Branch
- Kahuna Burger at Pier Village
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