Customer has a $7.02 beer, leaves $3,000 tip for staff facing restaurant’s closure

Their cup runneth over: Five workers at a Cleveland restaurant got a nice tip to share.
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

A customer left a $3,000 tip for a single beer as a Cleveland restaurant voluntarily closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The man walked into Nighttown restaurant Sunday, ordered the beer and asked for the check, which came to $7.02, owner Brendan Ring wrote on Facebook.

Ring said the man wished him well and told him to share the tip with the four employees who were working the brunch service.


As the man walked out, Ring wrote, he looked down at the tip and “realized he left a whopping $3,000.”

Ring said he ran after the customer, who told him: “No mistake — we will see you when you reopen!”

Ring said he would not post the customer’s name because he thought the man wouldn’t want that.

The owner said he and his serving staff were “humbly grateful for this incredibly kind and grand gesture.”