I just opened a new brewpub, and I am GM as well as EC. I am trying to come up with a fair and equitable way to share tips with dining room and bar. All of our beverages come across the bar including soft drinks, so the bartenders do a lot of work to support the servers. Bussers are also running food for bar and servers. So everyone needs a piece of the pie.
Right now I have everone at minimum wage, servers at minimum for tipped employees. Then I share 4% of beverage sales with the bartenders, and 2% of gross sales with the bussers. This money comes from the servers tips.
It seems to be working, but I guess I am just asking if anyone has experience with this kind of tip sharing, and can offer advice.
We are just opened and I have made it clear to everyone that the tip sharing is not nailed down yet, so I still have the opportunity to make changes if needed.
Thanks for your feedback!