The staff at a popular Houston restaurant got a $9,400 tip from some regular customers who wanted to help them get by during the coronavirus shutdown.
The couple came for an early dinner at Irma’s Southwest restaurant on Monday, after learning that all restaurants in the county would have to close their dining rooms and only offer takeout and delivery service, restaurant owner Louis Galvan told CNN.
“We didn’t expect it, to be honest with you,” Galvan said. “They left a gratuity for the entire kitchen and service staff, which is unexpected.”
They left $1,900 in cash and put another $7,500 tip on a credit card, Galvan said. He said the couple wanted to be anonymous.
The bill for their meal was $90.12.
The husband left a note on the receipt that said “hold tip to pay your guys over the next few weeks.”
Galvan said they would split the money among his 30 employees, so they’ll get about $300 each.
“They were amazed that a client would care enough about them to leave that amount to help them get through this tough time,” Galvan said.
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