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On Thursday, April 30, 2020, the Texas stay-at-home order expired and an upscale dining establishment in Austin, called Frog & The Bull, decided it was going to open its doors the very next day.
Frog & The Bull had only been open 5 months before the coronavirus pandemic forced the Iberian-inspired tapas restaurant to close down on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th).
Owner David Fernandez said all the momentum he built up from the opening was completely destroyed by the lockdown. Unfortunately, he had to lay off most of his employees and only had his skeleton staff working to keep the place afloat with carryout and delivery orders.
Excited to open up the restaurant, David got everything in order according to the CDC advisories and made sure he, his staff, and the establishment were adhering to the social distancing orders still in effect. He applied a strict seating arrangement to keep people safe since he could only seat 25% of the maximum number of people the place holds.
When the place opened up and customers began to roll in, one of them sat down and ordered a filet mignon, grilled steak, scallops, and other items that ran the check-up to $377. The customer then strangely asked 18-year-old Josh Pikoff, the server, if he would double charge him.
Josh never got a request like that before so he took it to his manager David Fernandez. David went back to confirm with the man if he was sure of what he requested, again, the man asked if could be double charged. After he ate, Josh gave him his bill that now said $729.58. If it couldn’t get any stranger, the man then decided to give Josh a $300 tip and the house a $1000 tip, totaling the bill up to $2029!
According toWhiskey Riff, waiter Josh Pikoff said, “I was really shocked at first because I didn’t understand why he was giving it to me. But he said that he was extremely grateful that we were open and putting ourselves at risk to serve the community.
The unidentified Texas man didn’t want his name to be revealed but said he was glad to help the establishment get back on its feet. It’s a heartwarming story that’s good to hear during these quarantined times. If you thought that was uplifting then check out the video below of a guy giving away thousands of dollars to waiters and waitresses.