Dallas Restaurant Raises Prices to Eliminate Tipping

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Canary By Gorji is opting to raise their prices by 20% to eliminate tipping from their business. The goal is to create a balanced pay among kitchen and wait staff while maintaining a high level of service.

Eater Dallas quoted Chef Mansour Gorji as saying, “Wait staff give each and every guest the level of service they deserve, no matter how much they might be spending. What a customer spends should not have any bearing on what a server makes.”

Gorji considered getting rid of tipping for over a year before finally taking the plunge. “Nobody wants to be the first because you don’t know what is going to happen,” he told WFAA.

While Canary By Gorji is the first restaurant in Dallas to take on this stance, many successful restaurants in New York and San Francisco have welcomed the trend. For the most part, businesses have thrived without the tipping culture, but some coastal restaurants said it didn’t work out well for them.

Gorji remains optimistic about his choice and sees benefits for employees and customers. “Many waiters today are trained to upsell as a tip incentive. To me, a dining experience should be void of this hoopla and that’s why we don’t rush you out the door to seat someone else in your place,” he told Eater Dallas.