Lawrence pub forced to find new business model

When tips vanished with curb-side service, the owners of RPG incorporated a 15% 'hospitality fee' to charges and have kept it ever since.

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June 7, 2021 - 10:09 AM

The owners of Lawrence’s RPG, from left, Meghan Morsches, Nate Morsches, Matt Pool and Betsy Pool. (Submitted photo)

Here’s a story of some Kansans who opened a restaurant six months before the pandemic, lost the majority of their revenue and still decided to pay workers $15 an hour.

Like so many real-life pandemic survival stories, it’s more complicated than all the recent political rhetoric about workforce and wages.

In fact, the story of Lawrence’s RPG (Restaurant, Pub & Games) goes all the way back to the 1940s.

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