Joe’s Crab Shack tests no tipping at 18 restaurants

Joe’s Crab Shack tests no tipping at 18 restaurants

CEO Ray Blanchette optimistic on the prospects for policy rollout

Joe’s Crab Shack, the casual-dining seafood chain, is testing a no-tipping policy at 18 of its 131 restaurants, and CEO Ray Blanchette said he is optimistic about its prospects.

Blanchette, president and CEO of Houston-based Ignite Restaurant Group Inc., told analysts last week that Joe’s has been testing the no-tipping policy for several months, and ramped the model up to 18 restaurants in the past 30 days.

“What makes us optimistic is the restaurant that has been in

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