Why I Haven’t Given Up on the “Hospitality Included” No-Tipping Model

A Los Angeles restaurateur pleads her case and refuses to abandon her ideals

Andrea Borgen Abdallah
8 min readApr 10, 2018

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Image courtesy of Hope Leigh

Hey, it’s me, Andrea. That 26-year-old, first-time, downtown Los Angeles-based restaurateur who decided to eliminate tipping. Not trying to toot my own horn here, it’s just that I’m 29 now, and the audacity of my…

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Andrea Borgen Abdallah

Owner of barcito, an all-day cafe and late-night bar in DTLA’s South Park neighborhood.