Tonight was Sunday night. Our forecast was for about 400 covers and I had a nice section. As soon as I got in they sat me. I had 32 covers tonight mainly big tables. One was a 6 top and two more were a 7 top.
But this table of three made my night. I got their drinks which was a screwdriver , long island ice tea and a cape codder. That last one is vodka and cranberry juice. As soon as they got them they toasted to a birthday on the table. Putting that in my memory I get their order and they are pleased as punch when they get it. They are totally happy.
Remembering the occasion I order the dessert we offer to people with a birthday. It is free and everyone loves it when you stick a candle on it and bring it over.
So I bring it over and they are just so pleased and wondering how I could have known. It pays to listen as a waiter cause you can pick up things and surprise later on.
Their bill comes to $121 and change. They put some gift cards on the bill and say it is all good. So not knowing the amount of gift cards they left I run them through. I validate the two $50 gift cards leaving the $100 gift card till last. Well I put that toward the bill leaving a whopping $79 and change balance on it. Fearing they may have made a mistake I get them as they are getting up and they tell me that is for me. Thank you very much. I get them to sign it so it is all good.
So on a $121 and change bill I get a $78 and change tip. Well talk about floating on air.
That is rare but it just continued the rest of the night. One cheap tip I got , after one of the people at the table came up to me on leaving and left me $10 more in my hand.
My tip out was $36 and I walked out with $181. That on only $938 in net sales. A phenomenal night especially for a Sunday.
But a $79 tip on a $121 tab. C’mon that doesn’t happen often.
Maybe I should check that lotto ticket I bought the other day……