Steakhouse employees stunned by $1200 tip left by a customer


Allison Hall is the general manager of Colonial Steakhouse in Pine Bluff Arkansas and says her staff started crying this week when the unthinkable happened.Her parents actually own the business and some regulars showed up to pick up a to-go order. When Hall saw the tip she cried. It was $1200, the amount of the typical stimulus check. The restaurant is only open three days a week.

“We just started crying and thanking God because it came at a time that most of our staff really needed it, things have been barely getting by, but we are making it, though.” ​

“She was just sobbing and saying it was their whole stimulus,” said owner Dana Gateley. She said it was enough for every employee, even the ones not working, to get $100.​

Hall said it couldn’t have come at a better time.​ Since restaurants can only do curbside pickup amid the coronavirus pandemic, the steakhouse had to cut its staff from 12 to four people.​

“It was nice to be able to call with some good news,” said Hall.​

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