Eater Talks: Let’s Talk About Tipping, Service Charges, and Financial Sustainability
Wednesday, May 29 — 6:30 p.m.
Eater LA and the Ace Hotel will continue their ongoing restaurant industry discussion series this month, with a new topic: Tipping, service charges, and how LA’s modern restaurants are rethinking the business side of the industry in order to remain sustainable.
Over the hour-long discussion, panelists from across the Los Angeles dining spectrum will join moderator Farley Elliott for a conversation on everything from healthcare surcharges to tip-included models to statewide and federal legislation that affects a restaurant’s bottom line. More to the point, though: In an era of increased competition and rising overhead costs, how can LA’s restaurant owners find ways to keep their businesses alive? How do their customers react to service charges, and what does the future of tipping look like in America?
This talk’s panelists include Dina Samson, co-owner of Downtown Italian restaurant Rossoblu; David Wilcox of aptly-named Atwater Village neighborhood restaurant Hail Mary; and former Top Chef and 2015 Eater LA Chef of the Year Nyesha Arrington, who recently closed her restaurant Native in Santa Monica.
This new Eater LA x Ace Hotel discussion goes down on Wednesday, May 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets run $20, and include one drink ticket.