A Manhattan-based “socially conscious restaurant” has plans to open in New Orleans, according to a report.
Colors restaurants, which currently operate in New York and Detroit and offer workers $9 an hour, paid time off and health care, have plans to open locations in New Orleans and Washington, according to a report in the New York Times.
The restaurants, which serve a gluten-free menu, are the brainchild of Saru Jayaraman, an organizer who has pushed to eliminate a tipped minimum wage and has campaigned for mandatory sick days, the Times reported.
Jayaraman became known in the restaurant industry after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, when she founded the Restaurant Opportunities United Center to help employees of the Windows on the World restaurant in the north tower find new jobs.
The organization opened the first Colors restaurant in 2006 in Manhattan. Today, the restaurant operates “at a slight loss,” the Times reported.