More Restaurants Are Experimenting With No-Tipping Policies

August 24, 2015

It’s a response to the recent spurt of minimum wage increases.

Is there an end in sight for the American institution of tipping? The New York Times reports that as several cities begin to implement minimum wage increases, “an expanding number of restaurateurs are experimenting with no-tipping policies as a way to manage rising labor costs.”

The Times cites Seattle seafood chain Ivar’s and fine dining restaurant The Walrus and The Carpenter as two restaurants that are experimenting with a no-tipping model, following the city’s recent steps toward an eventual $15-an-hour minimum wage. The former raised menu prices by 21 percent, while…