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Friday, November 26, 2021

Why Some Twin Cities Restaurants Ditch Tips

Visitors to the Twin Cities find new merchandise appearing on their restaurant receipts and the “tip” line disappearing.

Instead of tipping, many local restaurants have introduced a service charge model. But what exactly does service charge do, and is this what the future of the local restaurant industry looks like?

Many restaurateurs say the tip model is archaic, and research, including research from One Fair Wage and the University of California, Berkeley, has shown that there is a large difference in tips between white men and women of color, with the former earning $ 2 per an hour more. than the latter, on average. Racial and gender issues aside, tipping makes it difficult for restaurant workers to receive acceptable wages and creates an environment in which restaurants are every man for himself.

“I think most restaurant people know that there is a feeling that the back of the house and the front of the house are not necessarily the same dream team because of how pay disparities always arise,” said Gina Manjiameli, co-owner of Chip’s Clubhouse. … When the restaurant opened in McGrawland in February, it had a service-fee model.

According to the traditional tip model, waitresses, bartenders and their support staff (server assistants and food vendors) are tipped or tipped, leaving the people who cook or wash the dishes with a different payment.

“It never comes close to taking the servers home, down to the hourly wages,” Manjiameli said.

The service charge model adds 18-21 percent to the tab and goes to all staff in both the front and back of the home.

Throughout their time in the restaurant industry, co-owners, Manjiameli and Tara Coleman, have worked in large and small restaurant groups in the state and beyond. It was easier for larger restaurant groups to provide fair wages to their employees using the tip model, Manjiameli said.

“But when you’re in trouble or when you’re in a small business, it’s very difficult to set margins to be able to fairly pay people for the really hard work of cooking and cleaning,” Manjiameli said. …

Chef and co-owner Jason Hansen (left) and CEO and co-owner Peter Sebastian at Estelle Restaurant in St. Paul, Wednesday 18 December 2019 (Scott Takushi / Pioneer Press)

As explained by CEO and partner Estelle Peter Sebastian, the base price for a menu item includes whatever is prepared by the arancini or rigatoni before the customer walks in. But the service charge represents all the effort it takes to prepare this rigatoni and get it to your plate and table on the night you visit.

When the pandemic hit, Sebastian felt a change in team morale.

“We knew people burn out,” Sebastian said. “And so, along with trying to come up with a better way to schedule people and a better way to balance our team, we started talking about how we balance income a little better.”

Estelle came up with a service charge model, which is also based on commissions, which allows employees to receive higher wages when the restaurant is busy, with a fair distribution of wages among employees at all times.

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“This tip is not only about server maintenance, but about the entire experience. Were the drinks and food good? Did they get out quickly? And I think this is missing. It really takes a team to create a great experience, not just one person, ”he said.

During the pandemic, many local restaurants switched from tipping to service charges as COVID-19 working conditions pushed service workers to their limits. But a few restaurants experimented with service charges and then reverted to the tip model.

Why Some Twin Cities Restaurants Ditch Tips
Visitors to Holman’s Table eat breakfast while watching football on TV and planes landing at the airfield. (Tiffany Clark for The Washington Post)

At Troy Reading’s restaurants (Holman’s Table and Rock Elm Tavern), the company introduced a 20 percent service charge and has been tipping again since then.

The widespread staff shortage in the hospitality industry was one of the reasons the group returned to the traditional model. When the restaurant returned to the tipping model, Reading said, it became easier for businesses to hire waiters and bartenders.

“I think people are resisting change. People who served and worked as bartenders were used to having cash, getting tips and walking out the door with cash, ”Reading said,“ and it’s a difficult transition for people from weekly paychecks to daily cash.

Buyers also resisted change.

“I’m tired of reading negative reviews from guests saying that we are trying to take money from waiters and bartenders, that we are forcing guests to spend more money,” Reading said.

Many restaurants that are moving away from the service charge model add a wellness fee to their checks to help pay for employee health benefits. The Reading Group adds 3% to all checks to fund health and mental insurance, and retirement plans for hourly and paid workers.

Why Some Twin Cities Restaurants Ditch Tips
Gavin Kaisen, Chef / Owner of Spoon and Stable, Bellecour and Demi (Courtesy of Eliza Johnson)

Some restaurant owners, including chef Gavin Keissen, started using the service charge model even before the pandemic.

“Giving up tips is inevitable as our profession continues to evolve. This model may not be suitable for every restaurant business, but we believe this is the best way to support our teams, ”said Kaisen.

Kaisen has introduced service charges at all of his restaurants since Demi in 2019, and moved the model to Spoon and Stable last summer.

So is the service charge model the future of local food? Sebastian Estelle considers this to be the “future”.

“I think that in an alternate future, customers will gradually become aware of the true cost of dining out,” he said. “In an ideal world, customers understand how expensive lunch is — all it takes to put a plate of food on the table.

“Until people recognize that it takes higher costs to do it at a higher level, it is really hard to imagine that we are going down this path. But I think the service charge is bringing us closer. “

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