Restaurant owners react after Dover brewery says they will transition to no tipping
DOVER — A seacoast restaurant owner is getting mixed reviews after announcing his plans to go tip-free by the fall.
According to the Union Leader, co-owner of The 7th Settlement Brewery, David Boynton, told a group at the Granite State Quality Council last week his restaurant will likely be the first in the state, but not country, to transition to the "hospitality included" model.
The gratuity-free model is an attempt to pay servers and bartenders the same or comparable to those working in the back of the house, such as cooks and dishwashers. A few restaurants in New York City and other cities across the U.S. have implemented the no-tipping model. Boynton says tipping promotes discrimination and sexual harassment. He says most customers' overall check won't see any change if you "tip like a decent human being."
But some restaurant owners in New Hampshire say that model won't work here.
Tom Boucher, CEO of Great NH Restaurants, which is the parent company of Cactus Jacks and T-Bones, as well as the Copper Door in Bedford wrote on Facebook saying the consumer will have to pay higher prices for the same food.
Keith Murphy owner of Murphy's Taproom in Manchester and Murphy's Diner next door saw the proposed changes as a potential for more service help at his restaurants.
On a post on the 7th Settlement Brewery Facebook page, co-owner David Boynton tried to address some of the customers' concerns.
One customer posted to Facebook asking for details of the plan to which Boynton replied, "We will be announcing a plan soon but look forward to this in the fall."