During times like these, the restaurant industry deserves all the good vibes and fat tips they can get. And it appears a sort of crosstown rivalry was just the spark that this little good-deed fire needed.
Last week, a father and his daughters visited Mt. Lookout staple Zip's Cafe, and after their meal, tipped a generous $1,000 on a $54.95 bill with an encouraging note asking that the tip be shared with the rest of the crew.
"Please share this tip will all of your employees as they work so hard and are dealing with COVID. Go Xavier!” the customer wrote on a napkin.
But the buck didn't stop there.
Cincinnati-based comfort food chain Keystone Bar & Grill posted to their Instagram on Jan. 15 that two kind guests were inspired by the move at Zip's and decided to spread some love (and support for their beloved University of Cincinnati Bearcats), hoping that the trend would continue on.
The diners tipped $1,001 on their $31.80 bill and left a note saying, "I believe now more than ever we need to support our local restaurants. Let's see how long we can keep this going... Bearcats up by 1!!"
According to the post, the visitors asked to speak with manager and explained that they wanted to remain anonymous, but wanted the restaurant to share the tip with all employees as well as social media to promote the act of giving.
"It's your turn, Xavier fans! Who will be one-upping the Bearcats by leaving a $1,002 tip at your favorite local bar or restaurant?" the Instagram post reads.