ROC National Diners Guide: A consumer guide on the working condition of American restaurants
This guide provides information on the wage, benefits, and promotion practices of the 150 most popular restaurants in America - from Red Lobster to Subway to Chipotle. The Guide also lists responsible restaurants in several major U.S. cities where you can eat knowing that your server can afford to pay their rent and your cook does not have to work while sick.
Current cities included:
Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Miami, Philadelphia, New York City, Washington DC.
- Find nearby High Road restaurants
- Set your preferences and get rankings of the most popular restaurants in America
- Survey restaurants and report back to ROC
- Tweet to restaurants about their working conditions & encourage more responsible employer practices
Created by the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
App developed by Clay Ewing
New Survey Functionality
Addition of One Fair Wage rating, for restaurants that pay all workers at least $10 an hour
Bug fixes and minor UI updates
Ratings and Reviews
This is a really noble idea for an app, but if it's not 100% correct it can be really damaging to a business's reputation. Right now it is full of misinformation and of course in its early stages it leaves out the vast majority of restaurants that deserve acclaim. My fear is that if people start to trust it as a means of judging restaurants and it isn't totally correct, good businesses will suffer. It's going to be very difficult for the makers of the app to accurately collect information from reliable sources. Shake shack getting knocked for paying their tipped workers too little when they don't have tipped workers is just one example of the potential flaws.
I don't think people have enough appreciation for the responsibility they are taking for other people's livelihoods when they start publishing information (or misinformation) about businesses in a forum that may be accepted as fact. Particularly when that info implies a moral judgment!
This app attempts to raise awareness about what most of us do not think about when we eat outside. Of course it requires lots of data as feedback so facilitating what public could find and how to provide it to developers maybe it could help. In a bigger picture if data is inaccurate (talk to your waiter?) people will no longer use it . Hopefully there will be more apps like this to link buying power and truly better businesses. Great concept.
I just heard of this app on Bill Maher’s show and downloaded it but almost every “High Road” restaurant I tap on makes the app crash.
I also agree with the other reviewer’s comment about if the information provided is not correct then it’d be harmful for the business and people working there. I have not found it very useful so far. Hopefully it will get better in time.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.