Customer leaves $1,300 tip on the day Texas restaurant reopened after coronavirus shutdown

A generous customer left a $1,300 tip to support a Texas restaurant that was forced to close its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Stay-at-home orders in Texas expired on Thursday and businesses were allowed to reopen on Friday. Restaurants have special restrictions for reopening, including keeping their capacity at 25 per cent.

The Frog & The Bull was one of those establishments that welcomed customers but little did the restaurant’s owner, David Fernandez, know that one patron would gift his business with a large tip.

Fernandez explained to CNN that a man and his family had visited the restaurant on Friday. They ordered filet mignon, scallops, grilled steak and other items, bringing their check to $337.

That’s when the customer asked his server, Josh Pikoff, 18, to double charge him.

Because the request was so unusual, Pikoff asked Fernandez to help.

‘He said charge me double for everything and I asked, ‘”are you sure?” Fernandez told CNN. ‘He said, “yes”.’

Once the customer received his updated check in the amount of $674 plus tax, he added an additional $300 tip for Pikoff and another $1,000.

According to a photo of the check, the $1,000 was ‘for the house’. That brought his total to $2,029.

Fernandez said he doesn’t know the identity of the customer, but that his gift will help get the restaurant back on track.

Another act of kindness occurred recently in Maryland at the Greene Turtle in Mount Airy.

The owner of the Greene Turtle said a customer left a $1,000 tip for the staff on a takeout order, bringing their total to $1,224.

Staffers gave a shout out to the customer on 11 News, saying: ‘Our staff would like to make a special shout out to one of our very beloved guests (you know who you are!) for leaving such a generous gratuity during these hard times!’

Nearly two weeks ago, an Arkansas customer gifted the Colonial Steakhouse restaurant in Pine Bluff with a large tip when they picked up their takeout order.

According to KARK, the customer gave the family-owned restaurant $1,200, which was the customer’s entire stimulus check issued by the federal government.

‘We just started crying and thanking God because it came at a time that most of our staff really needed it,’ Colonial Steakhouse manager Allison Hall told the station.