- The Coaches Bar and Grill Restaurant complied with the announcement of closure by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.
- A generous customer left a $2,500 tip with a note on the receipt that the money has to be shared among all the staff to help them in these trying times.
- For the owner, Benny Leonard, who runs the restaurant for 25 years now, it was the most memorable day in his business.
On Sunday, following the announcement of the governor closing all bars and restaurants by 9 p.m., a gentleman left a hefty tip for the workers at a restaurant in Ohio.
Coaches Bar and Grill in Columbus posted on their Twitter account the receipt that shows a $29.75 bill.
“When the going gets tough, the tough stay loyal,” the tweet reads, and then goes to tell how the “loyal, amazing patron” left a $2,500 tip to the staff for this time of crisis amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In a phone interview with NBC News, the restaurant’s owner, Benny Leonard, said that the generous customer refuses to be named and wants to remain anonymous.
“We tried to get him credit,” Benny said.
He is a middle-aged as described by the owner and regularly attends the trivia night of the restaurant every Wednesday.
“It’s a very drastic action but we’re taking these steps to save lives,” Gov. Mike DeWine announced.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends not having gatherings of 50 people and up in the following eight weeks.
The customer put a note on the receipt to split the tip among all the staff. It was a bittersweet sendoff in these unsure times for the employees who will be jobless and do not know when to come back.
His kindness has moved many of the staff, putting smiles on their faces and tears in their eyes, Benny told NBC News.
“It changed things on a bad day,” he said.
Benny has managed the business for more than 25 years now and what happened last Sunday is the most memorable time of all the years he was there.
“Sunday was one of the wildest days since I’ve been open,” he said. “I’ve been through a lot, but nothing like this.”