Big Jones charges a 20% service fee instead of traditional tipping.
As of June 2020, Big Jones is a tip-free restaurant. As much as we appreciate and understand the generosity of the overwhelming majority of our guests, we have come to the conclusion that it is our responsibility to make sure that each employee is treated and compensated fairly and justly.
Traditional tipping does not work well in our current coronavirus scenario, where we have limited seating and servers are required to wear masks. It’s unfair to servers to have their compensation tied to tipping in this environment.
Traditional tipping also is shown to result in lower tips for women and people of color. We don’t want to be part of this system.
William Barber on the Racist History of Tipping: www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/07/17/william-barber-tipping-racist-past-227361