Park Kitchen, The Bent Brick, Le Pigeon, Luce and Navarre will join local concept Farm Spirit in nixing the practice, which opened last year with a no-gratuity policy, KPTV reports.
Restaurateur Scott Dolich, who runs two of those concepts, is ceasing tipping to contend with Oregon’s rising minimum wage, as well as a recent district court decision that upheld restrictions on tip pools, KPTV says. His restaurants, which recently cross-trained back- and front-of-house employees on one another’s roles, will raise menu prices by 18% as part of the switch.
While the change has been a tough sell to some staff members, Dolich told KPTV that his next hurdle will be gaining buy-in from customers.
In a bid to prevent confusion, the group of Portland restaurants will use a "gratuity free" logo in their windows, on menus and across websites and social media to alert diners of the change.
Customers have been a sticking point for many concepts that have dipped their toes in the no-tipping pool, including New York City’s Fedora, which ended its test of no tipping after just a few months due to falling sales.
Portland beer hall Loyal Legion, which reversed its no-tip policy earlier this year, reportedly experienced confusion among customers—many of whom left tips in spite of its gratuity-free stance.
Read the full story via KPTV.