May 9, 2016
Sunday was Mother’s Day, the most popular day to dine out as more than half of Americans celebrate with a restaurant meal. At my restaurant, Square Cafe, it is by far our busiest day of the year, and also a heartening reminder as to why I’m in the restaurant business — to host family gatherings, in this case to honor the mothers among them and motherhood in general.
For many of Pennsylvania’s tipped workers, Mother’s Day means the busiest work day of the year at an hourly rate of the minimum $2.83, a wage that hasn’t been raised in nearly 20 years. Of the nearly half-million restaurant workers in Pennsylvania, 29 percent are mothers. Many of these mothers have to work on Mother’s Day so that other families can celebrate a day that also belongs to them.