Collichio's decision is happy and humane, but it's also good business. The state of New York, like many others, is in the process of revising its minimum wage policies, and by the end of 2015, restaurants will be legally required to pay tipped workers (waiters & waitresses) $7.50 an hour, instead of the previous $2.50 rate. All NYC restaurants, gratuity or not, will be forced to find more money to cover the gap. Craft is just preempting the inevitable by trying out a more equitable system now, rather than scrambling for one later.
Dave Infante is a senior writer for Thrillist, and always brings singles to open bars. Follow @dinfontay on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.