Customer leaves generous tip at DC restaurant

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — A regular customer at a D.C. restaurant left a $2,000 check for the staff.

Blue 44 owner Chris Nardelli says the patron came in on Monday to have some gumbo, which he particularly likes and the staff had waiting for him. He ordered a couple of quarts to-go and his bill would have been $93, but because he was such a loyal customer the restaurant workers offered it to him on the house.

The customer, who remains anonymous, left a $2,000 tip instead, and instructed the bartender, chef and owner on how to share the gratuity. One thousand dollars was to go to Chef James Turner, $500 to bartender Laura Daly and $500 to the owner, according to Nardelli.

Nardelli says the same customer also likes their beer selection and the restaurant staff often seeks his input on menu items, which varieties of beer to offer, and more.

The restaurant is located in the Chevy Chase neighborhood at 5507 Connecticut Ave NW.



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