The lowdown: Living wage; tips not accepted
Everyone on staff at this not-for-profit brewpub is an employee-owner (hence "co-op") and draws a living wage, the extra revenue for which is derived directly from (slightly) higher menu prices. "The best way to support us [instead of tipping] is to come by," one employee-owner told me. "Even better -- become a member!"
The lowdown: 15% service fee on all dine-in meals; tips not accepted
"All the employees get paid between $12 and $15," an employee at this LA county bistro told me. "Even if we're slow, we don't send people home," instead training them up on different facets of the business to "make you more valuable."
The lowdown: Unspecified service charge when making reservation; extra cash tips accepted
Grub Street says this tough-to-land Boerum Hill reservation comes with an up-front service charge of 18%, which gets distributed evenly to front- and back-of-house. Yelp reviews vary on the point of gratuity (some putting it at 20%, others warning to bring cash for tips), and multiple inquiries with the restaurant went unanswered. I'll update when I know more.