No-gratuity pioneer rolls back program

May 31, 2017

One of the pioneers of the no-tipping model has decided to go back to tipping.

Andrew Fortgang, owner of the restaurants Little Bird Bistro and Le Pigeon in Portland, Ore., has been experimenting with the hospitality-included model for about a year.

He started with Le Pigeon, which moved to a no-tipping model in mid 2016. It went so well, Fortgang decided to eliminate tips at Little Bird also, starting in early 2017.

Under the gratuity-free model, both restaurants had raised menu prices by about 18 percent to 20 percent and the tip line was eliminated from guest checks.

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