- About Casellula
- About Diners United
CAMPAIGN UPDATE: We did it! Casellula has responded and accepted our Spendrise pledges. They will make the change we asked for at their new restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA. Thank you for being part of this important effort, your pledges to spend helped make this happen. Here's the direct response from Brian Keyser, owner of Casellula:
“At Casellula we are advocates of a high-road restaurant industry. We are excited to partner with our customers, Diners United, and ROC United in implementing gratuity-free pricing at our brand new Casellula location in Pittsburgh, which will allow us to provide fair, livable wages to all our workers, kitchen and service staff alike. Thank you for speaking up and supporting us with your dining dollars – we hear you, and we agree. We can’t wait to welcome you to Casellula, in New York and now in Pittsburgh.” - Brian Keyser
Campaign DescriptionYou pledge to buy a gift card if Casellula commits to provide livable wages to all employees.Casellula hears directly from paying customers about what we valueEmployees earn fair, livable wages for their work in a high-road restaurant
Casellula is a well-loved leader in the restaurant industry, providing exceptional food and service. As restaurant-goers, we're using our dining dollars to encourage Casellula to take the next step in leadership and provide a livable wage for all workers, kitchen staff and service staff alike.
Some restaurants in New York and around the country have been able to provide livable wages to all employees—including cooks, dishwashers, and porters—by making the change to "gratuity-free" pricing. By including everything in the menu price, this puts the responsibility for paying fair, livable wages on the restaurant and not on diners via tips. To provide livable wages for all employees, we support Casellula in making this important change to 'gratuity-free' and in providing menu prices that reflect the full cost of the meal.
Make your pledge to spend at Casellula and show your support for the restaurant and their staff in making this bold move. Casellula depends on paying customers--longtime and new alike--supporting them to make this change.
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Casellula is a well-loved New York City cheese and wine café, with top-notch ratings and reviews. The New Yorker has described their 40-cheese selection as "wide-ranging, laid-out in easy-to-comprehend categories, and expertly garnished," and the New York Times describes a Casellula sandwich as "too good to sacrifice a bite." On Yelp, they have 4 stars (★★★★☆) and are two dollar signs ($$), with 700+ reviews.
The staff at Casellula "really like cheese. A lot," and they warmly say "the best part is you don’t need to get all dressed up to come here."
401 W 52nd St
New York, NY 10019
About Diners United and ROC-United
We are Diners United, people who love food and want a restaurant industry we can all be proud of. We leverage our consumer power alongside restaurant workers and 'high road' restaurants to achieve truly fair wages and working conditions.
This campaign is part of what the Restaurant Opportunities Centers-United calls One Fair Wage - a livable wage paid to all workers, tipped or non-tipped, and an end to the "tipped minimum wage." Across the restaurant industry nationally, tipped workers are commonly paid as little as $2.13/hr, relying on uncertain tips for the rest of their income. And even in the few fine dining restaurants where tips are generous, the system creates massive disparities between tipped and non-tipped workers.
Together, our pledges let RAISE member and industry leader Casellula see how much the community supports the move to One Fair Wage for all restaurant employees.
By adopting One Fair Wage and a gratuity-free pricing model, Casellula will be able to provide a more equitable and livable wage to all their workers. We encourage and commend their open and transparent process in establishing this new system. We are eager to bring our friends and family to enjoy the hospitality at Casellula and hope that you will too by pledging to this campaign!