Popular Minneapolis Restaurant Group to Add Service Charge to Offset Health Insurance Costs

Barbette Photo: Google Street View

July 27, 2017 12:44 PM

A popular Minneapolis restaurant group will add a three percent service charge to each check starting Friday.

Restaurateur Kim Bartmann said via a news release the added fee at her restaurants is intended to offset health insurance rate increases.


Bartmann has offered health insurance to her employees since 1993.

"Health insurance has been going up 20 percent to 30 percent a year for the last few years, and we can't continue to sustain those increases," Bartmann said. "Rather than just raising prices, we want to be transparent about our costs. We think our customers will appreciate knowing that our workers have good quality, affordable health insurance."

Bartmann's cache of eateries include Barbette, Bryant Lake Bowl, Pat's Tap, Red Stag Supperclub, Tiny Diner and The Bird.

The release says her employees that work 25 hours per week can currently choose from four tiers of health plans as well as dental coverage. Staff members pay 50 percent of the premium and the restaurant covers the balance.


Michael Oakes

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