Customer's staggering tip for waiter on first day after lockdown

A teenage waiter is thanking his lucky stars after a customer left him and the struggling restaurant he works for a hefty $1300 tip.

The Frog & The Bull restaurant in Austin, Texas, reopened on Friday (local time) after being forced to close its doors in mid-March when the city went into lockdown.  

The coronavirus pandemic forced the only months-old restaurant, which specialises in tapas, to change how it operated and left owner David Fernandez scrambling to pay the bills. 

The Frog & The Bull restaurant in Austin, Texas, reopened on Friday after being forced to close its doors in mid-March when the city went into lockdown. Source: Frogandthebull/Instagram

So when on Friday a customer who had frequented the establishment a few times prior asked his waiter, Josh Pikoff, 18, to double the bill, the staff couldn’t believe what they’d heard.

The man had ordered more $300 worth of food and wine for his family of five.

"I just kind of looked at [the customer] and said, 'Are you sure? You don't have to do that,'" Mr Fernandez told the US TODAY program. 

"He was like, 'No, I'm very sure.'"

The good Samaritan left Mr Pikoff a $300 tip and another $1000 “for the house”.

Further down the receipt, the customer wrote “good luck!”.

The restaurant owner said the $1000 will go toward paying the bills. Source: Frogandthebull/Instagram

"We were pretty stoked about that. It was crazy," Mr Fernandez said, adding that he thanked the customer for his “really nice” gesture. 

The restaurant owner said the $1000 will go toward paying the bills.

"From March 17 up until now, we've been fighting for our survival, just barely scraping by ... I literally have been living payroll to payroll, just making enough money to pay [my employees] ... so something like this helps out huge because I can start chipping away at other bills,” Mr Fernandez told TODAY.

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