MANHATTAN (PIX11) – A midtown sushi restaurant is banning tips to improve your dining experience.
Sushi Yasuda, a Japanese eatery, banned gratuities and raised menu prices.
It’s a practice that’s used in European and Australian restaurants.
“The diner doesn’t [have to] think about how much to leave and make calculations [after] a contemplative and special meal,” co-founder Scott Rosenberg told ABC News . “We’re really sort of just staying connected to that classical approach [of fine Japanese dining].”
The owner also raised the wages for its employees. He says his employees do not need tips because they’re paid very well.
The practice is also seen as a positive experiment for restaurant workers, according to Daisy Chung, executive director of Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York, a nonprofit that supports workers.
“We definitely feel there shouldn’t be a separate system where tip workers rely on tips to subsidize their wages,” Chung said. “Workers should be fully compensated.”