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NJ restaurants under fire for five-star review server notice

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  • Tio Taco and Tequila Bar in Edison and Tommy’s Tavern and Tap, both owned by Triple T Hospitality Group, received backlash after a server notice was uploaded on Reddit.
  • The notice stated employees must get at least five five-star Google reviews per month to keep their jobs.
  • The CEO of the hospitality group that owns the chain locations said the post was not company policy and the employee who wrote it was fired.

Two New Jersey restaurants part of larger chains have come under fire online after a photo of a notice to their servers went viral. 

Tio Taco and Tequila Bar in Edison and Tommy’s Tavern and Tap, both owned by Triple T Hospitality Group, received backlash after a server notice was uploaded on Reddit. 

“Every service employee for FOH is required to get a minimum of 5 Google reviews per month to remain employed at the Edison location starting February 2022,” the post read, adding, “The review must include your name and five stars in order to count.”  

The post added there would be contests and prizes for the servers who performed at the highest level. 


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Danielle Smith, a director for Tio, told the New York Post that the employee who created and posted the notice was fired. 

“We made sure it was not enforced at the location, and it was 100 percent not company policy,” said Smith. 

Triple T CEO Thomas Bonfiglio also stated that this was not corporate policy and claimed the notice was removed within 15 minutes.

“In the restaurant business, we’re not firing anyone, we’re still trying to hire people,” Bonfiglio told NJ Advance Media. “So to think that we will fire people over this is a silly thing.” 

Bonfiglio added, “It would be an impossible policy,” he said. “I’d have to fire the whole crew.” 


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