Hi! I’m Jay.

In addition to working in technology, marketing, and as a writer, I owned and operated restaurants for a good portion of my career. In 2006, our flagship restaurant became, as far as we can tell, the nation’s first no-tipping table-service restaurant to establish itself in the modern era. I wrote about that experience, and about tipping in general, in a series of pieces you can read here.

You can read the rest of my blog here.


I’m currently working on a software application that helps small restaurant operators stay on top of administrative work. I expect to release it as a SaaS (software-as-a-service) product in 2018.


I’ve started several independent restaurants from scratch including planning, permitting, construction, and opening, on a bare-bones budget. (I’ve done it the expensive way too, which is a little less interesting.)  As a result, I’m often approached by independent restaurant operators and those just getting started, looking for help with the process.  I enjoy helping people build great spaces and great restaurants, and can provide any or all of the following services at an hourly rate.

  • Pre-lease evaluation
  • Kitchen and restaurant design
  • Drafting plans and preparing submittals for permitting
  • Equipment specification and purchase
  • Assistance obtaining permits
  • Project management and co-ordination of buildout
  • Assistance with pro formas, business plan development, marketing plans, and operational plans.

If you are interested in contacting me regarding these services, please email me at jay -at- jayporter -dot- com