Q. What is the standard number in a large party before our restaurant should automatically add gratuity? Is there a minimum number and do we have to have it posted for our customers to see before it is legal to add gratuity?
A. Chef Mark Scharaga, who recently opened Tamashii Sushi & Spoons on Masonboro Loop Rd., indicated that parties of eight are the most common threshold for triggering an automatic gratuity (Tamashii’s kicks in at 10).
He said that while common sense suggests clearly stating the party size and percentages makes good business sense, he was unaware of any agency that regulated the legality of posting that information.
Date posted: May 20, 2013
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