HOUSTON (FOX 26) - If you heard you just got a pay raise, you might jump out of your seat. But for those in the restaurant industry, this could be a double-edged sword.
What would happen is waiters would get a much higher hourly way, but tips would disappear. This is mainly taking place at higher-end places.
This is just the beginning before the dinner time rush at Table Restaurant in the Galleria. Take a look at this this receipt, bill comes out to $200 and an extremely generous tip of $70.
“Part of the great thing about service in America, almost every server is an entrepreneur, their pay is as good as their service is,” Table owner Alex Gaudelet said.
Most waiters get $2.13/hour, not enough to live, but the sky is the limit when it comes to tips. Nationwide, as states consider upping the minimum wage, some restaurants are trying a “no tipping” policy. It’s happening in cities like New York and Seattle. Restaurants also increase prices and in some cases already include a set gratuity.
“We have to have great wages so our employees can have a great living, and on the other side a balance of that, the customer is not overpaying for service,” Gaudelet said.
Food blogger Mai Pham believes here in Houston it would never fly.
“We have such a range of choice in terms of breadth of restaurants that we can have that if someone goes to a restaurant and the service charge is added on there, it's really not going to fly they'll just go somewhere else,” Pham said.
And from a person who has wined and dined at some of the best restaurants in the world: “Part of the motivation of having a tipping system you'll get better service part of that system is the person makes a better wage,” Pham said.
Given that some people see no tips as a pay cut many restaurant owners shied away from this topic.