In a world of artificially altered prices / wages, something can and usually will give.
Obviously this is a model that has endured, but all it takes to change is for one element to demand it.
Here I see three elements, that this business model needs to survive - the establishment itself, obviously, the patron and the staff.
If one of those three said, universally, 'enough' - the model cannot continue. It's impossible.
The business, as +LeGrand Johnson
says, will not do it - it's in their best interest for this to continue.
The staff are the best placed, but probably won't - people need to work, to pay the bills, and cannot risk not having that job when there are so many more waiting to fill that position.
What that leaves us with is the consumer. If the consumer woke up to what was going on around them, to the men and women that they normally take for granted, and began to boycott these establishments in some way... Someone, somewhere along the line will
Especially when they begin to see the effect in their bottom line.
The question is, can the man on the street be persuaded?