was born of a partnership between Doomie (local favorite Doomie's Home Cookin', Doomie's Toronto, and more secret projects in the works), and Shane Stanbridge and Marie Chia of S+M Vegan (an Oakland-based catering and pop up co also behind Blind Tiger Dinners, Fromagerie Esseme cashew cheese.
WHY WE ARE GRATUITY FREE
We chose to open as a tip free restaurant as a step toward a more equitable, sustainable industry.
It matters to us to be able to compensate our team fairly, responsibly and competitively, without the traditional gap dividing servers and kitchen staff (that too often maintains structural wage inequity based on race and gender), or the precariousness of having them rely solely on your generosity, making them vulnerable on "slow days".
We strive to create and maintain an environment in which our staff will be able to focus on providing you with the best experience, whether it be from their dish washing or salad station, or by delivering direct hospitality by their presence at your table, without the distraction of an uncertain, hard-to-predict, or barely adequate, compensation that night.
For you, this translates into a 20% charge added to your check, without having to engage in math, the insurance of quality service regardless of who you are, and the guarantee that what you spend is being reinvested directly in the people who endeavored to make your time with us enjoyable and memorable- and hopefully the first of many.
We realize going the gratuity free way comes with risks and challenges, and we might have to experiment a bit with the format, but as minimum wage around the country increases, and restaurant workers are longing for a fairer system, we believe like others before us that this is the way to go. And we thank you for your support as we join the restaurants and hospitality groups that are trying to change the industry for the better.