In an unusual twist on the controversy over the Affordable Health Care Act, the owners of Franny’s, a Brooklyn pizzeria, have dropped a health insurance “surcharge” on all menu items after disgruntled customers viewed it as “anti-Obamacare.” Co-owner Francine Stephens told local media that customers preferred to see menu prices go up rather than pay the surcharge fee. Faced with rising employee insurance costs and the minimum wage, Franny’s last week placed a note on its menu that stated, “A 3% surcharge will be added to all checks to cover the Affordable Care Act for all Franny’s employees.” When guests reacted angrily, Stephens said they misunderstood the company’s intent. “Many of our guests are viewing the proposed ACA surcharge as anti-Obamacare, which is unfortunate, because it is, in fact, quite the opposite,” Stephens wrote in an email to her customers. “Through this surcharge, Franny’s is embracing Obamacare.”
The Pizza Insider has been exploring the personalities behind the pizzas in a series called Behind the Pizza Peel. In installment No. 8 Liz Barrett chats with RC Gallegos, owner of RC's NYC Pizza & Pasta in Kingwood and The Woodlands, Texas.
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Employees at Anna’s Pizza & Pasta have been spreading joy to the world—or, at least, their little corner of it—with a Christmas caroling fundraiser that raises funds for Toys for Tots. Led by 18-year-old Zach Brierton, the carolershave been going house-to-house in Winnebago, Illinois, neighborhoods, accepting donations while belting out Christmas tunes and earning media coverage along the way. Local papers, including the Journal-Standard and the Rockford Register Star, reported on the fundraiser, earning priceless free publicity for Anna’s.