by Colby Rogers
Richmond institution Buz and Ned's Real Barbecue will be raising starting wages and adding more benefits for its employees.
Starting on Aug. 24, baseline pay will be bumped to $12.50 per hour, or $8.00 for servers who accept tips, the restaurant announced Thursday.
"During a time when an increase of the minimum wage is on the political battlefield, making a living wage is becoming increasingly difficult. Buz and Ned’s has come out on the side of their employees," the restaurant said in a press release.
In addition to the wage increase, the restaurant said it is also moving toward a mostly full-time work force and will be providing healthcare benefits for its employees.
Buz and Ned's Real Barbecue joins Ellwood Thompson's Local Market and Martin's with employee wage increases this year.