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Red Robin eliminates bus boys as restaurants combat minimum wage hikes

At the beginning of January, minimum wage increases took effect in 18 states and 20 cities across the nation, and some industries are struggling to keep pace with rising labor costs.

Late Monday, casual dining chain Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (RRGB) announced that it would eliminate bus boys at 570 restaurant locations, a move that is expected to save the company an estimated $8 million over the course of the coming year. The company’s chief financial officer said the decision was made in order to “address the labor increases we’ve seen.”

“I read that as minimum wage,” Michael Saltsman, director of the Employment Policies Institute (EPI), told FOX Business. “Somebody like Red Robin, which has a lot of exposure in western states [where the minimum wage is rising faster] … this is sort of a burger and beer chain. If they can’t pass those increases off in higher prices … they have to find a way to do more with less.”

Introducing new technologies has been one way restaurants have sought to cut costs. Other chains like Chili’s and Applebee’s have replaced servers with tableside tablets for placing orders.

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Re: Red Robin eliminates bus boys as restaurants combat minimum wage hikes
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2018, 12:30:02 AM »
Introducing new technologies has been one way restaurants have sought to cut costs. Other chains like Chili’s and Applebee’s have replaced servers with tableside tablets for placing orders.

So what is the tech to replace bus boys? Letting the dishes pile up on tables and just throwing a table cloth over them between customers?
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Re: Red Robin eliminates bus boys as restaurants combat minimum wage hikes
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2018, 12:36:39 AM »
@Frank Cannon

Probably going to give those duties to the servers.  Red Robin has those mini-computer things on their tables.

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Re: Red Robin eliminates bus boys as restaurants combat minimum wage hikes
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2018, 01:29:47 AM »

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Re: Red Robin eliminates bus boys as restaurants combat minimum wage hikes
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2018, 01:29:42 PM »
They make good burgers.
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Re: Red Robin eliminates bus boys as restaurants combat minimum wage hikes
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2018, 01:34:32 PM »
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Introducing new technologies has been one way restaurants have sought to cut costs. Other chains like Chili’s and Applebee’s have replaced servers with tableside tablets for placing orders.

And it failed miserably.   Our local applebee's removed them months ago. 
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Re: Red Robin eliminates bus boys as restaurants combat minimum wage hikes
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2018, 01:36:44 PM »
They make good burgers.

Their Shroom Burger is to die for.

I suppose I'll have to clear my own table now after I've eaten there.   ^-^
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Re: Red Robin eliminates bus boys as restaurants combat minimum wage hikes
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2018, 01:39:51 PM »
And it failed miserably.   Our local applebee's removed them months ago.

I'm pretty sure the last Red Robin I ate at (last summer) had them too......

(Somewhere in Kansas along the Lewis and Clark Trail???)

I've seen some in airport restaurants too.  Trouble is, the servers have to explain to the customers how they work and it really doesn't save much time.
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Re: Red Robin eliminates bus boys as restaurants combat minimum wage hikes
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2018, 01:40:04 PM »
They make good burgers.

@Sanguine you starting the burger wars again here? Good grief
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Re: Red Robin eliminates bus boys as restaurants combat minimum wage hikes
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2018, 01:48:42 PM »
I'm pretty sure the last Red Robin I ate at (last summer) had them too......

(Somewhere in Kansas along the Lewis and Clark Trail???)

I've seen some in airport restaurants too.  Trouble is, the servers have to explain to the customers how they work and it really doesn't save much time.

Yep.  Down here ...They tried and tried to "educate" the customers on how to use it.  After several months the Owner said it was an exercise in futility.  He implied that People were "to stupid" to grasp it.  I looked at him and smiled and said: "Stupid is as stupid Does"

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Re: Red Robin eliminates bus boys as restaurants combat minimum wage hikes
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2018, 02:10:59 PM »
@Sanguine you starting the burger wars again here? Good grief

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Re: Red Robin eliminates bus boys as restaurants combat minimum wage hikes
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2018, 02:56:45 PM »
http://www.cicciowater.com/   a burger with no meat, completely plant based
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