Danny Meyer’s Restaurants to Eliminate All Tipping

By Paul Riegler on 15 October 2015
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Union Square Hospitality Group, which operates Gramercy Tavern, Union Square Cafe, Shake Shack, and ten other restaurants in the New York metropolitan area, will eliminate tipping by the end of next year.

The move was announced in a letter to customers from the company’s chief executive, Danny Meyer, and impacts restaurants that serve as many as 50,000 meals per week in venues ranging from a hamburger joint to museum cafes to higher end establishments.

“Recently, our entire company has been engaged in a robust conversation about how we can provide even more meaningful career opportunities and advancement for our 1,800 employees,” Meyer wrote. “It has become increasingly clear to us that a major obstacle in this endeavor is the practice of tipping.”

Once the change takes place, “there will be no need to leave additional cash at the table, the coat check, or the bar,” according to Meyer.

The cutover to a no-tipping environment will happen gradually, Meyer said. The first restaurant to eliminate the practice will be the Modern, a contemporary American restaurant at the Museum of Modern Art, which will go tip free in November, and others in the group will follow. All Union Square Hospitality Group establishments will follow this practice by the end of 2016.

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