Shanti, which has restaurants in Dorchester, Roslindale and Cambridge, alerted customers to the new fee in e-mail yesterday:
Beginning today, we're introducing a 4% kitchen appreciation fee to the guest check that will directly benefit our Back of the House (BOH) team. As an organization, we struggle with the disparities between Front of the House (FOH) and BOH employee wages since everyone in the restaurant works equally hard to provide our guests with a great experience.
The kitchen appreciation fee allows all BOH employees to also benefit from the top-line success of the restaurant. They feel the love from you as their living wages increase. Every cent of the 4% goes directly to each of our BOH employees. We thank you, they thank you. We hope that this initiative gains traction throughout and enjoys support from you, our dining community, and beyond.