Uncategorized / 10.25.2013
Moo Cluck Moo
Moo Cluck Moo (such a cute name!) is attracting media attention for being a “different” kind of fast-food operation. Located in Dearborn Heights, it offers much-higher-than-average wages for employees along with healthier food and beverage options.
Because I’m interested in these things, I naturally had to see this place for myself. It was an easy drive from Oakland County to the tiny storefront on the east side of Telegraph, just past Joy Road. Moo Cluck Moo, shorthand for “beef, poultry and dairy” — the brief menu’s specialties — is neighbors with a muffler shop and a tattoo parlor.
No, wait! It gets better.
Compared to most fast-food workers — including an estimated 53,000 in Metro Detroit — Moo Cluck Moo employees are contented cows and chickens. (Or bulls and roosters? They were at work in the open kitchen.) Their counterparts in 60 cities across the U.S. have participated lately in strikes to protest being paid the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, or a little beyond that. By contrast, Moo Cluck Moo founders Brian Parker and Harry Moorhouse will be improving their staff pay to $15 hourly, the so-called “living wage,” on Oct. 1. This is up from the current $12.