One of New York’s Most Influential Restaurateurs Just Ditched Tipping

<a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/cat.mhtml?country_code=US&page_number=1&position=0&safesearch=1&search_language=en&search_source=search_form&search_type=keyword_search&searchterm=tipping%20restaurants&sort_method=popular&source=search&timestamp=1444854571&tracking_id=o_ogjxOvDhD9_xqDARw9Rw&use_local_boost=1&version=llv1&page=1&inline=267083669">MediaGroup_BestForYou</a>/Shutterstock


Danny Meyer, the man behind Shake Shack and a string of acclaimed restaurants in New York City and around the country, announced Wednesday that his restaurant group will be putting an end to tipping at all 13 of Union Square Hospitality’s full-service properties.

The move makes Meyer the most high-profile restaurateur to jump on the progressive policy, whose supporters argue that the tipping system doesn’t actually incentivize work and in fact leads to unequal pay.

In a letter posted on the company’s website, Meyer said that while he believes hospitality is “a team sport,” workers like cooks, reservationists, and dishwashers “aren’t able to share in our guests’ generosity, even though their contributions are just as vital” to a customer’s experience.

To compensate for higher wages, Meyer said his restaurants will be raising menu prices significantly.

The shift will begin in November at The Modern, located in New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and gradually roll out to the rest of the group’s restaurants. Shake Shack, however, will not be included in the changes.

FACT:

Mother Jones was founded as a nonprofit in 1976 because we knew corporations and the wealthy wouldn't fund the type of hard-hitting journalism we set out to do.

Today, reader support makes up about two-thirds of our budget, allows us to dig deep on stories that matter, and lets us keep our reporting free for everyone. If you value what you get from Mother Jones, please join us with a tax-deductible donation today so we can keep on doing the type of journalism 2019 demands.

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate