New Brewpub, The Public Option, Won’t Take Your Tips

Librarian Bill Perry will open a brewpub called The Public Option at 1601 Rhode Island Ave. NE by late summer or early fall.

This brewpub, however, will be a little different from other brewpubs and restaurants around town: The waitstaff won’t accept tips. Instead, Perry says he plans to pay a “living wage” of at least $15 an hour. If anyone leaves money on the table, the staff will decide on a charity to donate it to, either weekly or monthly. The Public Option will have notes on the tables and on its website explaining its policy.

“We are uncomfortable with the dynamic that is created by tipping,” Perry says. “We may end up crashing and burning, but we’re going to give it a try.”

I hope this works – tipping is a crazy system.