Chicago restau­rant staff get US$2,000 tip

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

CHICAGO: What is a rea­son­able tip at a restau­rant? For most Amer­i­cans, the an­swer is likely – at most – 20%. But how about 260%?

For one pa­tron at a Chicago restau­rant, a nor­mal tip was not enough to show his ap­pre­ci­a­tion af­ter a meal on Sun­day night.

Boka restau­rant an­nounced on Mon­day that a cus­tomer iden­ti­fied only as “Mike”, “who was vis­it­ing from Seat­tle”, left a US$2,000 (RM7,700) tip on a US$759 bill.

Boka de­scribes it­self as an up­scale restau­rant serv­ing sea­sonal Amer­i­can fare. It boasts one Miche­lin star. Af­ter ini­tially tip­ping US$300 on his bill, he then went to the kitchen to give each of the 17 staffers there US$100, Boka said.

The com­pany posted an In­sta­gram photo of the man giv­ing a thumbs-up sign while pos­ing with smil­ing kitchen staff.

“It was amaz­ing to have that hap­pen un­ex­pect­edly and ran­domly, and for some­one to show that amount of ap­pre­ci­a­tion,” Jon Leopold, the restau­rant’s gen­eral man­ager, told the Chicago Tri­bune news­pa­per.

“It’s not just about the money but spend­ing time with peo­ple in the kitchen and telling them how won­der­ful of a meal it was and how im­por­tant it was for the cooks to be do­ing what they’re do­ing.”

Boka has been nom­i­nated for a James Beard Award for ser­vice. – AFP

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