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While many restaurant operators are struggling to get used to the idea of the increasingly common $15 per hour minimum wages, the soon-to-open Sam Fox-owned Twelve Thirty supper club in Nashville is turning heads with its $25 per hour back of house hourly wages and server salaries of at least $100,000 per year. While it likely helps that the restaurant is backed by Justin Timberlake, director of operations Nick Bill said that supporting their staff is simply a priority for the venue.
“We feel that if you pay more, then you’re going to get a better-quality staff,” Bill said. “We realize that investing in our team is the most important part of the business where we should spend money. […] Anything but investing a lot in them is saving money the wrong way.”
The Supper Club was envisioned by prolific restaurateur Sam Fox and popstar Justin Timberlake as an old-fashioned music hall-style supper club in the heart of four-in-one venue, the Twelve Thirty Club. The concept will be housed in a 33,000-square-foot building, which also houses a honkytonk bar, members-only lounge and rooftop bar, all of which have been opening in increments throughout the year. The soft opening of the supper club will be Sept. 22 and will be open to the public on Sept. 28.
While the draw to Twelve Thirty Club might be its four-venues-in-one concept, or its tip of the hat to the Memphis blues music scene (instead of the expected Nashville country lineup), its employees will likely be drawn to the unusually high salaries.
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