Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Qué Paseo?

What could be more of a sure thing than a gourmet sandwich shop in Seattle hip neighborhoods?
We can’t believe it, but apparently it’s true: Paseo has suddenly closed both shops.

A note on the front door says:
“Due to unfortunate circumstances, we are closing our doors. We appreciate all the support and loyalty you have shown us over the years. We will miss you. Thank you, the Paseo Crew.”
No more Cuban conconcoctions;
The cash-only Caribbean sandwich shop with Ballard and Fremont outposts collected long lines of hungry sandwich-lovers and is noted among the best sandwiches in Seattle, if not the country.
It has been featured in Esquire and on the Travel Channel with Anthony Bourdain.
Something else Seattle does well;
The restaurant and its owners were sued in September by four former employees who said they weren’t paid overtime and were fired when they asked for it. They also alleged that they had been treated differently from other employees because they are Mexican Americans.
Litigation can happen to you, even if you're pure of heart;
But the restaurant and its owners are fighting the lawsuit and have maintained that the workers weren’t due overtime – adding that the tip sharing pool doubled their compensation – and that they were fired for unsatisfactory job performance, abusive language and threatening other employees. The defendants say their employess are paid “far in excess of the minimum wage.”
But is it a living wage?

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