We need to be reminded of this kind of generosity and good will, especially now.
One customer made sure Nighttown’s final day, at least temporarily, would have a bit of a bright spot Sunday.
A man in his 30s sitting with his family ordered a $7 pint of Stella Artois beer. Nighttown owner Brendan Ring, who announced his decision recently to shut down the restaurant temporarily, was on the patio having lunch with friends.
“He walked over to me and handed me his credit-card receipt and said ‘Split that among the wait staff,’” Ring said.
“I said ‘Great thank you,” said Ring, who was familiar with the customer. “I looked down at the check, but I didn’t have my glasses on. I said, ‘Holy oh my, he just left a $300 tip.’ Then I put my glasses on and it hit my eyes. ‘What the-!’ It was $3,000. I ran out the door after him. I said, ‘What were you thinking?’ He said, ‘No, I meant it. Make sure, enjoy, Merry Christmas, we’ll see you when you reopen.’ ”
“You can’t write this stuff. You hear these stories once in a while around the country about a guy leaving a big tip. I had never experienced it in all my years here,” he said.