It should read, "no waiter."..my dam typing skills are to blame.
Darden Restaurants' (DRI) Red Lobster seems to be testing the adage "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em."
Amid challenges from casual-dining chains such as Chipotle (CMG) and Panera Bread (PNRA), which offer no-tip counter service, Red Lobster is testing a new option that plays the same game.
The chain is trying two versions of what's called fast-casual dining, which is counter service that appeals to diners by cutting out the need for tips while delivering food faster than traditional sit-down restaurants.
Red Lobster calls the new service "Seaside Express" and is testing it in two locations near Orlando, Fla., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
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Well this could catch on,especially for budget conscious consumers.
It is not just the budget conscious who will appreciate it. Many folks find the whole gratuity conspiracy to be distasteful and offensive. Servers, cooks, etc should be able to count on a reasonable wage and be held accountable for their performance via a review process like most workers. Perhaps bonuses based on the success of the establishment would be appropriate.
The ill will often generated by people feeling guilted into paying for good performance which should be a given, and by workers who feel they have been slighted, really adds an unpleasant tension to the dining experience. Unfortunately all establishments would have to agree to adjust their menus to reflect actual costs instead of relying on gratuities to supplement artificially low prices which would not cover good wages. Perhaps the effort you describe will at least get people thinking of better options.
I do not eat out at all now for two reasons. The first is that most places are not interested in making eating out a pleasant experience for someone on their own. The second is the expectation of tips.
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