Jeff Grossman/NYC wrote:All things being equal I don't tip owners. Tips are for staff.
Bill Spohn wrote:I always figured that tips were tips - you pool them, share with the back of house staff that don't have any opportunity to get them directly and everone goes home happy.
I hadn't realized that some owners were helping themselves to the take, and on very thin rationalizations (basically "Because we can!").
Batali, I could see, somehow, but Joe, Joe, I am disappointed in you! Is this practice widespread?
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