José Andrés to Open in Hudson Yards

hudson-yards_650The Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development project in America. It is expected open in 2018 with dozens of restaurants curated by Thomas Keller.

Thomas Keller recently announced that he has come to an agreement with José Andrés and Costas Spiliadis to open Spanish and Greek-seafood concepts in the Hudson Yards, respectively. Both restaurants will be inside the 1 million square foot Shops & Restaurants at Hudson yards complex.

The Hudson Yards complex will be Andrés’ second New York project. This summer he is opening the Bazaar in the SLS New York at 444 Park Avenue South.

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Brooklyn Pizzeria adds 3 Percent Obamacare Surcharge to All Checks

8420596411_84dabd79fe_cUnder the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, all companies incur an added cost of giving employees health coverage. The Affordable Care Act requires all companies with 50 or more full-time employees to provide their staff with fairly priced health insurance. To cover the extra costs incurred, Franny’s, a famous Brooklyn Pizzeria, will add a 3 percent surcharge to all of its checks in order to “cover the affordable care act for all Franny’s employees.”

Franny’s is not only adding a new surcharge but will also hike prices to increase employee wages and keep up with the rising minimum wage across fast-food restaurants. Franny’s co-owner Francine Stephens admits that the higher prices are a concern and will likely affect how often some guests are able to come in for dinner.

With new regulations increasing mandatory minimum wages and employee benefits, restauranteurs are coping with the higher costs in a variety of ways. Notably, Danny Meyers has taken an all-inclusive approach to pricing by eliminating tipping and absorbing costs into menu prices. Stephens says she wants to be transparent with prices but is also tracking Meyer’s move.

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