No more tipping at this Pittsburgh restaurant

Restaurant forgoes tips for higher salaries 

Diners at a Pittsburgh restaurant will no longer be expected to leave a tip at the end of their meal. Instead, the employees will soon start receiving a salary, health-care benefits and shares.

Bar Marco’s 20 employees will work 40-44 hours a week, receive a base salary of $35,000 a year along with health care benefits and 500 shares in the business. The new compensation plan and the no-tipping policy will go into effect by April.

“We knew if we wanted to keep our momentum going, we have to continue to take care of the team who has gotten us to this point,” said Co-founder Bobby Fry, who announced the new plan in a tweet on January 2.

Workers will be required to attend a bi-monthly meeting to review the restaurant’s performance and budget. The shares, which vest after three months, are worth $1 and increase in value over a worker’s tenure.

Fry admitted it took him awhile to figure out the best compensation plan for his workers, but he didn’t want to add a blanket 20% service charge or raise all the menu prices. “That is forced tipping anyway, and I don’t want to limit the upside to what servers can get.”

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Fry explained that had to rework his restaurant budget, with a greater share going toward employee costs.

And some menu prices will go up. He gave an example of the $5 patatas bravas dish currently on the menu, which will likely increase to $9. “But it will have something like house made chorizo and fermented greens; we will have a much more complex menu.”

The restaurant is also taking on cost-cutting measures like breaking down whole animals in house, making their own meats and sausages, and pickling and fermenting vegetables on site. It’s also expanding its tasting menu offered in its Wine Room to 30 customers from 20. Previously, patrons chose from two seating times, but now they can sit any time.

The restaurant, which is located in an old fire house, experienced 40% revenue growth last year and Fry expects the momentum to continue — particularly from planned events, which provide a glimpse of future sales.

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Fry, who runs the restaurant along with two high school friends, sent out the tweet from Bar Marco’s account, along with an email address for people seeking employment with the three-year old restaurant.

He said he tweeted it from a coffee shop without really thinking of the implications, and has been surprised by the huge interest. “That is one of my least exciting tweets, I just kind a mentioned it, I didn’t even have a press release ready.”

He said it’s been re-tweeted nearly 250 times and the company has received 120 applications and counting for the single open position.

The owners plan to implement the new compensation strategy at their second restaurant location next year.

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Business Systems Advisor

Job Details

Salary:£23,040 per annum.
Working Hours:36 hours per week (for full time workers).
Location: Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, Town Hall, Castlefield Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 0SH.

An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.

About the Role

The Business Systems team are looking to recruit a Business Systems Advisor. In this role you will support the development and delivery of systems and processes that enable Adult Social Care to implement improved business solutions. You will assist with the development of new systems and processes that support the improvement of services, this will include the maintenance of Surrey’s primary Social Care recording system, SWIFT AIS. You will work in a changing environment in times of legislative changes e.g. The Care Act, and partnership working including analysing change requirements, advising on providing system solutions and preparing systems for business change.

You will have:

  • Experience of Adults Care Management activity and the use of AIS
  • Willingness to develop and implement new systems to underpin improved efficiency for Operational staff
  • Understanding of IT system and process development
  • Ability to support development of test plans and to undertake system testing
  • Be competent in a range of IT tools including databases, Word, Excel
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and a focus on quality
  • Be able to effectively work as part of a team and on your own initiative
  • Be organised, methodical and able to prioritise

This position is primarily based in Reigate, with flexibility to work throughout Surrey supporting projects with a wide range of staff and professional leads.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion contact Christine Pettitt on tel: 01737 737922 or email:
or Dawn Usher on tel: 01737 733819 or e-mail:

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on Sunday 15 February 2015.Interviews will take place during week commencing 23 February 2015.

The Business Systems Team forms part of the Policy Strategy directorate in Adult Social Care.
The team ensure that Adult Social Care’s systems and processes are efficiently aligned and continually improved and take in to account new technologies.

Equal Opportunities

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

How to apply

You can find useful guidance on our website to assist you with your job application. There are also further helpful hints, handy tips and employment advice to make sure your application sells you in the best possible way.

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Maintenance and Estate Manager

Roupell Park Residents Management Cooperative Limited manages 574 homes on behalf of Lambeth Council under a Management Agreement.

We are now seeking an ambitious Maintenance and Estate Manager who can help us to achieve our ambition to be the best tenant management organisation in the country.

This is an ideal role for someone who wants to develop their career, perhaps managing staff for the first time and with the opportunity to work closely with our Board of Management.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about providing an excellent service to our residents and will also have:

  • Significant experience of managing a responsive repairs and maintenance service, managing planned programmes and identifying major repairs.
  • Experience of contract management.
  • A commitment to working in partnership with residents.
  • The focus to drive forward improvement to our services that support our residents and deliver better value for money.
  • The ability to lead and motivate a small team of front line staff.
  • The ability to work with a range of external partners and stakeholders to deliver real benefits for our residents.

The date for applications closes at mid day on Monday 9th February

Please note, if you are shortlisted, you will need to complete online psychometric tests between and 17th and 22nd February

Interview Date: 27 February 2015

Equal Opportunities


Roupell Park is a very diverse community and we are committed to delivering excellent service to everyone on our estate and in the wider community.

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How To Apply

Please apply directly using the link below enclosing your CV and a supporting statement which should not exceed 3 pages of A4.

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