Some SF restaurants now charging voluntary fee to fight climate change

What a hoax.

From Yahoo: A handful of restaurants in San Francisco have opted in to a program that supports soil health and fights climate change — by making their customers’ meals a bit more expensive.

Bay Area restaurants that choose to participate in the state’s new Restore California program are adding a 1 percent surcharge on diners’ checks to support the initiative starting this month, according to a news release from Zero Foodprint, a nonprofit working with state agencies on the program.

Those restaurant surcharges will be funneled into grants supporting farmers and ranchers — money that will “directly fund carbon farming projects such as compost application, cover crop planting, tree planting and improved grazing management,’ according to Zero Foodprint.

“Restore California allows consumers to have a direct impact by shifting acres of farmland from extractive to renewable practices,” Karen Leibowitz, executive director of Zero Foodprint, said in a statement, comparing the agriculture-oriented program to how power “companies enable residents to improve the grid by funding renewable energy projects.”

“A tax is mandatory, and this is voluntary,” program organizers write on its website. “It’s more like a fundraiser for good food and farming. Restaurants and diners can opt in or opt out of Restore California.”

SF Eater reports that “while every restaurant in the state could participate, so far, it’s mostly upscale restaurants, most of them in SF: think Atelier Crenn, Flour + Water, or Lazy Bear, for example. (A full list of participating restaurants is here.)”

But the surcharge apparently hasn’t panned out perfectly everywhere.

Brandon Kirksey, co-owner of the pasta restaurant Great Gold in the city’s Mission District, said that — a month after imposing the surcharge on checks in the fall — his restaurant decided to change tactics in response to “negative” feedback from customers who wanted it taken off their bill, Mother Jones reported.

“Having that additional surcharge on there I think made a lot of people feel uncomfortable. People get a little stand-offish when it comes to change,” Kirksey said, adding that the restaurant decided to raise prices on the menu by 1 percent instead of charging a fee, according to Mother Jones. “Ever since the verbiage changed, people are more excited to learn about it, rather than complain about the fee.”

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Dr. Eowyn
Admin
6 months ago

“the pasta restaurant Great Gold…a month after imposing the surcharge…decided to change tactics in response to “negative” feedback from customers who wanted it taken off their bill…the restaurant decided to raise prices on the menu by 1 percent instead of charging a fee”

Anyone who still patronizes Great Gold is a fool. But then, San Francisco is full of fools.

Tom
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Tom
6 months ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Yes.

I feel like telling the Progressive denizens of San Francisco to: “Go eat sh**! There’s plenty available — for free — on your sidewalks. It’s a ‘sustainable resource’ and you’ll be promoting recycling!”

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
6 months ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

It would seem that “Great Gold” is just plain bound and determined to force this fee on patrons in one manner or another–I agree with you, I would never eat there again.

Maryaha
Maryaha
6 months ago

I honestly don’t understand how the restaurants in San Francisco have any customers at all. I wouldn’t be able to eat a bite in a city that is covered in human crap. The same goes for Los Angeles. I saw an article several days ago, saying that some escalators at a BART station completely shut down because they were clogged with human crap. My stomach turned when I read it. I can only imagine the stench! Yet the people running the city, and even those running restaurants, are concerned about their carbon footprints. What lunatics! There’s no hope for this… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
6 months ago
Reply to  Maryaha

Maryaha . . . You are absolutely correct. Talk about “Hell on Earth,” this pretty well seems to fit that bill.

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 months ago
Reply to  Maryaha

Business district in Honolulu (another Democrat-run progressive utopia) is the same… shuts down at 5:00pm when everyone goes home, overrun by all of the above crap/insanity for 12 hours until things open up again in the morning (all day on the weekends).

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
6 months ago

Instead of “strong arming” patrons, why not just have donation receptacles where those who wish to support this effort, can of their own choice agree to support it. I certainly would not dine at a restaurant where I am expected to pay this extra 1%, where it was added to the bill, or if they just chose to incorporate it in their prices.

Lou Minati
Lou Minati
6 months ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

Personally, I’ve stopped patronizing several local restaurants who have implemented a “delivery fee” for what used to be “free delivery”. When this “fee’ first came up, I inquired of the restaurants as to whether the “delivery fee” went to the driver. My thinking was that if it did, I’d be okay with this change. If that were the case, it would seem that these restaurants are supporting their drivers. Just because I tip well doesn’t mean everyone else does, right? I was told by all that no, the “delivery fee” goes to the restaurant, but I should still feel free… Read more »

dean
dean
6 months ago

remember that feminist restaurant that charged men more then women…neither does anyone else anymore

txfella
txfella
6 months ago

“A fool and his money were lucky to get together in the first place “……

chemtrailssuck
chemtrailssuck
6 months ago

First it is voluntary, then they make it mandatory. Sounds like a social experiment to me.

CalGirl
CalGirl
6 months ago

Sigh. Raise your hand if you are weary of commercial transactions increasingly including a social reform fee that YOU must pay just because your service provider is sucked into the fervor of one “reform” or social action or another????? (My hand is up and waving in the air). I went to a dentist to cap a tooth that broke while I was at a conference for my job. It’s was near to my own dentist….but, I knew through a colleague at this conference that this “new to me” dentist could take care of my crown in ONE 2-hour period of… Read more »

chemtrailssuck
chemtrailssuck
6 months ago
Reply to  CalGirl

Insurance is good, if you never have to use it, that is. I know a lot of stories where people paid for insurance and got nothing if they had to file a claim.

Lou Minati
Lou Minati
6 months ago
Reply to  CalGirl

After one too many times of being on the hook for this, that, or the other thing that my insurance wouldn’t pay for, I started using the direct approach. At the first visit to a doctor or dentist, I tell them this: “I have insurance I pay for. They require a co-pay, which I also pay for. I think I pay enough. So, if my insurance comes back and says they won’t pay you because they say a procedure is “experimental” or “unnecessary”, or if they won’t pay you because they say you “over-charged”, don’t come to me looking for… Read more »

Alma
Alma
6 months ago

I volunteer my money $$$ in my pocket!