Patrick Maguire reports on an experiment by the owners of Tres Gatos, The Centre Street Cafe and Casa Verde in which diners had a 3% fee added to their checks so that "back of house" workers who don't normally get tips could get pay raises.
It worked, he writes: Those workers are making an average $2.87 more an hour and "despite the initial concern about reducing [server] tips, servers actually saw an increase in their tips by 2.5%." Also, the new policy has led to "excellent" staff retention and made it easier to recruit new workers.
The Bulletin reports on the infighting that has delayed a BPDA vote on what to do along Washington Street in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury, which has devolved into people involved in the process only agreeing to talk to a reporter off the record.
UPDATE: Post corrected to show the T turned down the idea.
According to the News, the developer said it's not really his issue what happens to the people who park there now, but that he met with the T, which turned down his possible suggestion of using space at the "temporary" bus yard for car parking.
Around 10:45 p.m. outside 50 Bickford St. in the Midred Hailey Apartments (formerly Bromley-Heath).
Jamaica Plain News reports the BPDA will hold a public meeting on Criterion Development's proposal to replace the parking lot across from the Forest Hills T stop with a complex with 252 apartments in six-story buildings.
The hearing begins at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at St. Andrew Church, 24 Orchardhill Rd.
Matt Fede spotted these Thanksgiving leftovers this morning on the roof of Arborway Motors on South Street, near the Arborway in Jamaica Plain.
Oh, Sidney: Green Street became the last stop for an Orange Line train and now inbound riders get to sit or stand with no place to go.
A dilapidated house on Green Street in Jamaica Plain has become a canvas for street artists while its new owner figures out just what to do with the property. Read more.
Malfunctioning traffic lights at Washington and New Washington streets have created gridlock in all directions: Traffic heading south on Washington Street is now backed up to Egleston Square; traffic heading north is so bad it took one guy an hour to get to the T stop from Dedham.
Jamaica Plain News reports.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports neighbors of the proposed 64 Allandale St. subdivision are still blasting it even after the developer lopped 2 units off the 20 she'd originally proposed. Too dense for something right next to Allandale Woods they say.
The BPDA had already approved the 20-unit proposal; the change means it will have to vote on it again - and after that comes a hearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Around 9 p.m., where Centre Street turns into VFW Parkway, Follow Cookie reports, adding the driver was able to crawl out.
Sherry Eskin reports she and her kids were walking by Forest Hills Cemetery on Walk Hill Street around 4 p.m. when she spotted two chickens without heads by the cemetery entrance.
We told the cemetery security guard, who said he hadn't seen dead chickens in the cemetery in six or seven years.
She forwarded a photo of the fowl deed, but, well, use your imagination.
WBZ reports on the 12:20 p.m. crash at School and Washington streets.
Developers this week submitted their formal plans for turning a parking lot across from the Forest Hills T stop into a 252-unit, three-building apartment complex with retail and restaurant space along the street. Read more.
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