A handful of Portland restaurants have decided to follow a gratuity-free model, meaning customers would no longer pay a tip after a meal.
“Customers have been receptive to it and love it,” owner of Park Kitchen, Scott Dolich said.
The Bent Brick in northwest Portland, also owned by Dolich, shut its doors July 1, which was a day before it was supposed to start the gratuity-free model.
Dolich said the restaurant simply wasn’t profitable and has nothing to do with the system.
“The server’s income would oscillate greatly and force them to get two jobs,” Dolich said.
He adds he wanted to create a thriving environment for his employees.
“Everyone is guaranteed 40 hours a week,” bar manager Curtis Day said. “It puts you in a professional realm.”
Dolich said he’s included what customers would normally pay on their tip to its menu prices, so employees can be compensated fairly.
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