Danny Meyer, widely recognized as New York City’s lead restaurateur, has established a no tipping policy at his restaurants. Louis Pechman, founder of waiterpay.com, spoke to Eyewitness News ABC 7 about the effects of this policy change on restaurant workers.
No-tipping policies at restaurants is a growing experiment across the country. Customers at Girard Brasserie in Philadelphia receive a note attached to their bills stating, “Tipping is not necessary.” Restaurant Riki, a Japanese style pub in New York City, has done away with tipping. Similarly, Manhattan restaurant Sushi Yasuda states on its menu that “serving staff are fully compensated by their salary… therefore gratuities are not accepted.” The no-tip movement has been embraced by high-end restaurants such a Per Se in New York, Chez Parisse in Berkley, California and Alinea, in Chicago. The future of tipping will be one of the topics of discussion at Have We Reached the Tipping Point for Tips?, a program sponsored by the New York City Hospitality Alliance on February 2, 2015.
The practice of automatically adding a gratuity for table service or bar service is growing, according to an article in today’s Wall Street Journal. The article, captioned On Checks, a Surprise Addition, notes that the practice is catching on at restaurants and bars where patrons include a significant amount of foreign tourists who are unfamiliar with American customs regarding tipping.