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A restaurant which used to charge men 18 per cent more than women will be closing down by the end of this month.
Handsome Her, a vegan restaurant in Brunswick, Melbourne, will be closing its doors on April 28, the two female owners of the business revealed on Facebook.
The owners wrote they “are off to our next adventure up north where we will be doing some hands-on work, something we have missed sorely whilst being at 206 Sydney Rd, Brunswick.”
According to initial reports, the restaurant’s policy of charging men more than women for the same service isn’t the reason behind its closing down.
The policy, which applied for one week each month, was implemented from the day the cafe was opened.
Handsome Her posted a chalkboard outside the cafe with three rules, according to a 2017 report from the Sydney Morning Herald.
The board read: “House Rules, Rule #1: women have priority seating.
“Rule #2: men will be charged an 18% premium to reflect the gender pay gap (2016) which is donated to a women’s service. Rule #3 respect goes both ways.”
The cafe said in its farewell note that it “tried to demonstrate ways of doing business more ethically and responsibly by abandoning take-away cups, single use straws and napkins, by shopping locally and supporting women owned businesses.”
The vegan restaurant further said how it has been donating to feminist causes, striving “to bring lesbianism back into fashion.”
“While it is a shame to lose the physical space (and we understand how essential it is for women and lesbians to hold space), we leave knowing that the communities we have made transcend the trendy vegan café on Sydney Rd, Brunswick,” the owners wrote.
“We look forward to continuing Handsome Her in a variety of other, more creative ways and expanding our efforts to drive change with flexibility and mobility throughout Australia.”
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