Folke: New vegetarian restaurant eliminates tipping

They call it plant-based with ‘hospitality including pricing’.

Translation: Folke, a new restaurant in Kitsilano in Vancouver, has an all vegetarian menu and they have stopped tipping.

Folke opened its doors at 2585 Broadway in early June in the space vacated by Japanese restaurant Super Hiro’s a few weeks earlier. The 1,400-square-foot restaurant seats 40 indoors with room for another 12 diners on the covered patio.

The new Kits restaurant marks the first time chef-owner Colin Uyeda and patissier owner Pricilla Deo will get to work for the first time. The old friends chose the name to reflect their shared desire to bring people together through food and provide a sense of community and connection.

“Our vision for Folke is rooted in a genuine desire for guests to feel enriched by connecting with our team, each other and the food they experience,” Uyeda said in a press release. “This restaurant is the result of our collective passion for exceptional locally grown ingredients and the dining experience.”

Uyeda and Deo’s local and seasonal menu features dishes meant to showcase the abundant foods grown on regional soil. The small plate selection will change based on availability and inspiration, and you may find items such as dumplings made with leeks and chard with a xo mushroom sauce or a sunflower risotto with kosho (a citrus chili paste) and spruce.

The bar offers a mix of craft beers, ciders and wines, as well as refreshing cocktails, mocktails and homemade soft drinks.

However, the pricing of the dishes is also made to support Folke’s “people first” ethos. Gratuities are included in the menu price, which Folke says “enables employees to earn a healthy salary with benefits while promoting a cohesive work environment.”

“Tipping culture was not something aligned with our values ​​and we believe this is a more sustainable model for our restaurant,” Folke’s owners further explained on social media.

Folke is open for dinner from Thursday to Monday from 5 pm. Follow Folke on Instagram at @folkerestaurant.