The servers at Cavatore’s Italian restaurant in Houston earned $1,000 from a very generous tip on Friday night from a longtime customer.
The customer was not identified, but had placed a takeout order that totaled less than $20… but he left $1,000 as a tip along with a personal message for the staff to “stay strong” during the coronavirus health crisis.
“When the staff found out, cheers could be heard throughout the restaurant,” owner Federico Cavatore said… “We needed that.”
Facing a downturn in business, Mr. Cavatore said, “I’ve been doing everything in my power to keep staff employed amid the coronavirus crisis,” meaning he’s had to “come up with a few new ideas and try new things,” he reported.
Some of the restaurant’s more unique ideas for keeping business afloat and engaging with the community include hosting car washes to raise money for staff, and awarding free dinners and gift cards to outstanding community members who are stepping up to help their neighbors.
The restaurant has also started producing pizza-making kits and bottling up its signature sangria for takeout.
“It’s definitely a scary time, but our patrons have kept our morale going and our business open,” Cavatore stated.
Friday night’s generous tip certainly didn’t hurt morale a bit. Mr. Cavatore mentioned his workers already had a “great attitude” to begin with, but they really got a boost learning about the $1,000 gratuity.
Until the restaurant reopens, Mr. Cavatore and his team are also continuing to pay it forward, too. He has been donating pizzas to a community organization that helps feed children, and offering discounts to front line workers. You can see more about this fine restaurant at their Facebook Page by clicking here.