Family Leaves $2,021 Tip for Restaurant Staff to Split

Vin48, a restaurant in Avon, received a $2,021 tip last Sunday from a family who requested that the entire staff receive some of the money.

Co-owner Collin Baugh told Vail Daily that the family of three left $1,100 for the kitchen staff and $900 for the wait staff and hosts.

“And they wrote, ‘Great vibe and great service. Happy New Year!’” Baugh said.

“It was really nice especially for the kitchen to be recognized for all of their hard work, in creating all of those dishes,” Dierolf said. “We servers are constantly getting tipped for our service and the back of the house doesn’t get tipped for their hard work. It was great to see all the guys be so happy about it.”

According to Vail Daily, the $1,100 was split evenly among kitchen staff, so chefs and dishwashers received the same amount. Similarly, the front of house staff also split their $900 evenly.

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The family — who asked to remain anonymous — left their generous tip on a $300 tab. Dierolf told Vail Daily that the family included two parents and their adult son who had never dined at Vin48 before, though they make a trip to the area every year after Christmas.

“They were just a really nice family,” Dierolf told the newspaper. “They seemed super down to earth. Even in the beginning of our conversation, they were interested in how we were doing because of the pandemic.”

“I’ve been in the service industry for over 13 years, and Vin’s my favorite restaurant I’ve ever worked at,” she said. “Everyone on staff cares about their positions, about the guests who come in. And I feel like they take care of the employees, too. I like my coworkers and I like the owners.”

  • Nell Herrero says:

    I love this story. It’s really heartwarming to know that there are people who care for their fellow man.

    • Charlie says:

      Totally Agree Nell! God Bless these kind people. There are still those who put Others before themselves. Good news is rare these days. Thank you RTM !

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