Bar Marco : Restaurant Bans Tips, Gives Servers $35K a Year

Bar Marco : Restaurant Bans Tips, Gives Servers $35K a Year

Bar Marco, Restaurant bans tips, starts paying servers $35K per year.
A restaurant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania plans to do away with gratuities. Instead, “Bar Marco” will pay full-time employees a base salary starting around $35,000, provide health care coverage and give them shares in the company that increased revenue 40% last year.

Bar Marco : Restaurant Bans Tips, Gives Servers $35K a Year

Bar Marco : Restaurant Bans Tips, Gives Servers $35K a Year

“All of our current employees have seen and approved the contract,” says co-owner Robert Fry. “They will have a lot of responsibilities, too—like being present at bi-monthly finance meetings. We want complete transparency. We want people who want to be part of what we are doing.” The Tribune-Review talks to a Bar Marco bartender happy with the move who predicts that workers will stay in their jobs longer because of the stability.

The establishment isn’t the first to implement a no-tip policy, and a San Diego restaurateur explains why he thinks it makes sense.