Chef Andy Ricker

“The dining public must come to grips with what it actually costs to eat out," Andy Ricker says.

Public might not be ready for service charges

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When Portland, OR-based restaurateur Andy Ricker brought his Thai concept Pok Pok to L.A.’s Chinatown earlier this fall, he instituted a 5-percent service charge in an attempt to get in front of minimum wage increases coming in 2016.

California’s minimum wage climbs from $9 to $10 per hour in January. In Los Angeles, the city’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase further to $10.50 an hour in July, the next step on the course toward $15 per hour by 2020.

“In order for

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