Wild Goats Cafe has adopted a "Tip Free-Equity Share" employment model. Our staff share a fixed percent of our sales. Our crew benefits directly from our success. When the business thrives, so do they.
If you think about it, the idea that our guests should be responsible for independently paying some of our crew members (but not others), not too mention that they should determine the amount those employees should be paid is rather ridiculous.
We are providing you a service, and you are paying for that service. We will charge you a fair price for that service, and pay our staff a fair wage for their contribution in making sure your dining experience is top notch.
There is no longer a need for you to take on the burden of augmenting that pay. The entire cost of our crew's labor is now transparently built in to our prices
The reality is, it cost significantly more to service a guest in our dining room than it does to provide food for carryout. In large part, this is what led to the rise of the tipped model that is the current normal in American restaurants. That tipped model covers the cost of a server by requiring the guest to pay their wages directly.
Unfortunately, the cost of a server isn't the only added expense required for a full service restaurant. There are hosts, and bussers, food runners, and dish washers that are all needed. There is also additional non-labor costs such as the cost of dishes and small-wares, the cost of equipment and chemicals to clean those dishes, the cost required to provide, furnish, and maintain a dining room just to name a few.
This is why it costs more to dine in at our restaurant than it does to order to-go. We have made sure that our dine-in prices are still less than you would have paid previously if you combined an average tip to a traditional menu price.
Under our equity share model-
It is our intention to create a system of compensating our crew that does the following