We always have at least two people at our shop, and we don't have a drive thru.futurecoffeeshop said:I know this is a little off the topic of food costs but seems to relate to the conversation. In my planning, labor costs seem to be higher than "recommended". I'm thinking of having two employees in the shop. One for POS and a barista, it is a 900 sqft sit down with a drive thru. Does this sound right? Do many of you have only one employee during non-peak hours?
I know this varies with location but what is the "going rate" of pay? I'm in a smaller community and it looks like $7/hr plus tips for me to attract good help (I would then have longevity raises every 6 months to a year). Do people out there provide any additional benefits? The required workers comp insurance alone in my area is fairly steep.