Leesburg Restaurateur Moves Staff to ‘Living Wage’ Model

Rocket Collective Hospitality, the company that owns and operates Leesburg’s Delirium Cafe USA and Wild Wood Pizza, has moved all of its staff to a living wage.

In an announcement on its Facebook page, company president Curtis Allred said the layoffs at both restaurants during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic made him decide to make a change—and to make a long-term commitment to employees. Now, all team members will make a minimum of $15/hour.

“Delirium Cafe and Wild Wood Pizza will no longer have ‘servers’ as you know it. Tipping will now be a personal option for diners and all tips will be pooled and split evenly among the staff,” the statement read.

Allred said he publicized the change in the hopes that more companies will look at how hospitality employees are treated and paid.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Living Wage Calculator puts the living wage for a single adult with no children in Loudoun County at $16.84 an hour.

krodriguez@loudounnow.com

Rocket Collective Hospitality, the company that owns and operates Leesburg’s Delirium Cafe USA and Wild Wood Pizza, has moved all of its staff to a living wage with all employees paid at least $15 per hour.

One thought on “Leesburg Restaurateur Moves Staff to ‘Living Wage’ Model

  • 2020-06-17 at 5:45 pm
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    Love it–and I will support these places (Wild Wood pizza is fantastic!). Hope it works–such a plan has rarely been sustainable.

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