Venice, you mean restaurant. The restaurant, Per Se, had instituted a 20% service charge that is to be split by waiters, chefs, and bus boys. The reason given is that though the restaurant is known for its food, the Chefs are poorly paid compared to waiters. While waiters could earn $100K per year, Chefs were only being paid around $30K. The owners want to reallocate.
A waiter can earn 100K a year? Obviously that restaurant should have been paying their chefs more - but do they have to make the customers pick up the slack. We patronized one restaurant for years - eating there once a week and always tipped. We watched the children of the owner grow up and buy their first ferraris (sp?) - the family take their several months each year abroad etc. When the boys took over, the first thing they did was cut portions, up prices and downgrade the quality of the food. Guess they needed newer upscale cars. We no longer ate there. The point is that established restaurants make a good profit and it is time they paid their staff adequate wages that don't require subsidization by tips.
Katerina, in the USA, the norm is for tipping at restaurants. Even the minimum wage laws exempt wait staff.
With an average bill of $450 at Per Se, I am not surprised that waiters earn $100K per year. I agree that it is up to management to pay chefs adequate salary to keep them from leaving. This is just one novel approach that may or may not work.
" Even the minimum wage laws exempt wait staff."................Marc
This is incorrect. Wait staff make minimum wage by law. In fact , the voters of Florida last year voted to increase minimum wage 19.4% above the federal limit. The wait staff got a 50% raise in base salary.
Don't you wish you would get a 50% increase in pay?