The Tip-Off

Danny Meyer responds to critics by calling tipping 'socialist'

Danny Meyer, the New York restaurant magnate behind Union Square Hospitality Group, is charging ahead with his campaign to end restaurant tipping as he stumps today in the New York Times magazine. Meyer responds to critics who have dubbed him a socialist because of his "Hospitality Included" program, which does away with tipping and raises prices, allowing him to pay front and back of the house workers a more equitable hourly rate

While Meyer will eliminate tipping at all of his restaurants before the end of the year, his support for the policy stops short of advocating for a law:

Meyer's team hasn't released data on the financial impact of Hospitality Included, but his team is finding it easier to hire much needed cooks to fill their kitchens during the current "cook shortage." Case in point: Only two weeks after announcing his new program, applications for back of the house jobs at The Modern lept from two to three a month to two to three a day.

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