Houston restaurant receives $9k tip before mandatory shutdown

Posted at 7:53 AM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 08:54:56-04

HOUSTON, TX — People in Houston are stepping up to help each other during this pandemic.

Irma’s Southwest restaurant in Houston says a person came in on Monday and left a $9,400 tip after the county announced a mandatory shutdown of bars and nightclubs.

The person wrote “hold tip to pay you guys over the next few weeks" on the receipt.

"This is beyond. I mean, I don't even have words for it. It doesn't surprise me because they're so kind. Generous people. Always have been," said Janet Montez, Assistant General Manager of Irma's Southwest.

"We have to let our staff know that we may be off of work for 15 to 30 days. But the gift we got today should help soften the blow," said Luis Galvan, the Owner of Irma's Southwest.

The restaurant says the staff will split the tip evenly.

The workers should receive about $300 a piece.

Some are suggesting one thing you can do to help is to purchase gift cards at your favorite locally owned restaurant that may be struggling in the short term.