house tip outs in restaurants
February 12, 2010 9:29 AM Subscribe
How much do you tip out the house? How about the kitchen? And in total to all support?
posted by butterball to Work & Money (14 answers total)
I have started working at a new restaurant, its very small, 28 seats. I got out of the industry for awhile, and now I've forgotten what the norm is for tip outs.
At the moment, we have no support staff, but have two servers on the floor, and one of the owners bartends and deals with seating people. To be honest, we don't even need a bartender. Its only wine and beer that we serve, and the very very rare mixed drink.
So, we split the tips 3 ways... the owner/"bartender" gets a full 1/3 of the tips, on top of that we tip the house out 4%, and the kitchen 2% on total sales including taxes. I feel like this is a huge tip out.
Every night the house makes equal or more than the hired staff, which the two owners just split between the two of them in front of us. Not to mention that we tip out the owner a third for pouring our wine 10% of the time, and we tip the other one the 2% kitchen. I have no problem tipping out, but this feels like we are being stiffed a bit. Is 4% to the house normal these days?
The other side of it, is that they are new restaurant owners, and if they are taking advantage of us, I don't think they realize it, yet I wouldn't know how to approach it with tact.
Am I out of place in thinking this is a lot, or have I just been spoiled in the past?
I really enjoy working there, but with the tight space, with a constant line up, and no support, we work extremely hard for our money in a night, and its rare that we walk out with more than $100.