With tighter rules coming from those in the hospitality sector across the country, it is time for patrons of the local pub or restaurant to lend a hand.
When it comes time to settle the bill after dining in your favorite establishment, the server hands you a machine. It asks you to confirm the amount and then, whether or not you want to add a tip for the staff. Then it provides a total and the transaction proceeds.
It is time for another line to be added…one for the owner. With restauranteurs forced to restrict their capacity they get to pay the overhead for facilities they cannot use… we can help with that.
One local business figure suggested he would be more than willing to pay $5 or $7 extra per meal to help offset the lost opportunity cost. Given the way restaurants price their meals, that would amount to another $15 or $20 entrée. So two seats would become four and so on.
We’ve done this before. Fuel surcharges were pioneered in the transportation sector to offset costs beyond the operator’s control. This is a voluntary surcharge to keep restaurants in business.