The cost of a meal at any of the Union Square Hospitality Group restaurants, the 13 eatery empire run by Danny Meyer, may soon include the cost of service—a.k.a.: no more tipping. Eater has a detailed report of Meyer's proposed new policy, which would eliminate tipping in favor of paying both servers, chefs and other staff a fair wage that won't fluctuate on the whim of stingy patrons or clueless tourists. Beginning in November, Meyer will implement a "Hospitality Included" trial run at The Modern, which, if successful, would usher in a no-tipping policy at all restaurants by the end of next year.

An original plan to increase some menu item prices by 30-35% has apparently been scaled back to 21-25%, meaning the tasting menu at the modern would be around $170 before sales tax, which'll be the only line item added to each check (no tipping line, either). As Eater's Ryan Sutton points out, there are plenty of other tasting menus already charging nearly $200 before tax and tip, so those with the expendable income for this sort of culinary experience probably won't even notice.

It'll be at the a la carte restaurants that diners may balk at the higher menu prices; the team has said they'll examine each menu item individually as they "don't want to see someone get sticker shock from seeing an $8 cup of coffee." Menus will explain the new policy to diners—and likely servers and managers will, too—but it remains to be seen what the reaction will be if potential diners aren't immediately clear on why a dish is so much more expensive at USHG restaurants than others.

Dining room staff will be paid $9 per hour to start and will be enrolled in a "revenue share program" that will likely be calculated on a weekly basis. Kitchen staff and salaried employees will also see increases in their nightly and yearly pay, but that's not part of the initial thrust.

Meyer is by no means the first restaurateur to implement a plan like this, but if it all goes smoothly, it will be the biggest American restaurant endeavor to move beyond the archaic tipping practice. Hopefully, this bold move will encourage other restaurateurs to do the same, but in the meantime, do your duty.

Update: USHG tells the Times that the no tipping policy won't be adopted at any Shake Shack locations. Though Meyer founded the burger chain, he and other investors are now able to sell their shares of the company as the initial IPO period lockup period has expired.