Sushi Yasuda Eliminates Tips, Pays Servers Living Wage Instead
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

be newsSushi Yasuda, a ritzy Japanese restaurant in New York City, has decided to get rid of tips for waitstaff.

Instead of a line to write in a tip amount on receipts, Sushi Yasuda has printed the following statement: “Following the custom in Japan, Sushi Yasuda’s service staff are fully compensated by their salary. Therefore gratuities are not accepted.”

Unlike most food servers who only receive about $2.13 an hour and depend on tips to make up the rest, Sushi Yasuda’s staff  is paid a salary with a benefits package complete with vacation days, sick leave, and health insurance.


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Makkada B. Selah is a journalist based in New York City.