Story at a glance

  • Nighttown owner Brendan Ring decided to close his restaurant until further notice as the coronavirus ravages the state of Ohio.
  • A man ordered a beer on the restaurant’s last day open and asked for the check.
  • He tipped $3,000 and told the owner to split it among four employees working brunch service.

Wait staff at a Cleveland restaurant that voluntarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic received an unlikely tip from a big-hearted customer. 

Nighttown owner Brendan Ring, who recently decided to temporarily close his restaurant, said a man ordered a $7 beer on Sunday and asked for the check. 


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The customer, who Ring knows but has chosen not to identify, handed the restaurant owner his credit-card receipt and said to split the tip among the four employees who were working brunch service. 

Ring saw a $3,000 tip was written on the receipt of the bill of just $7.02 and was sure it was a mistake. 

“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...He said, ‘No, I meant it. Make sure, enjoy, Merry Christmas, we’ll see you when you reopen.’” Rang told Cleveland.com

“Everyone is looking to grasp onto something that gives us hope these days, and this is a bright shining-star moment,” he said. 

The 55-year-old restaurant is closing its doors until further notice as a way to help stop the spread of the coronavirus currently slamming Ohio. The state is experiencing an exponential number of cases and hospitalizations that is overwhelming hospitals.  

More than 4,300 people are currently hospitalized across the state with COVID-19 symptoms, including 1,079 patients in the intensive care unit and 573 on ventilators, according to The Covid Tracking Project

The number of coronavirus hospitalizations has increased 82 percent from just two weeks ago.


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Published on Nov 24, 2020