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Brass Tap's customers leave generous tips amid coronavirus shutdown

Posted at 11:29 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 23:29:41-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — One local brewery is seeing big tips coming in, and they want to thank their customers for having such big hearts.

It’s no secret local businesses have been majorly impacted by COVID-19.

Steven Arvantitis is the general manager at The Brass Tap Midtown. He says they've gone from full a staff to only a few workers to main the bar.

But customers at the Brass Tap Brewery in Midtown are trying to do their part to help.

The brewery says they weren’t expecting to see such a growth in tips, but are extremely grateful.

"We’re having so many customers come in and they’re getting one or two beers, spending $five, $10 and leaving these massive tips," said Arvanitis. "We’ve had about five or six tips now of over $50 on $10 bills, $20 bills."

At first Arvantitis was shocked by the hefty amount, but he says customers were clear where they wanted the money to go.

"They're saying, 'hey whatever you do can you just make sure that this gets dispersed between your staff' and I'm like, 'yes, absolutely, I would love to do that, this is amazing,'" Arvantitis said.

He says they are taking those tips and distributing them to employees.

The Brass Tap also has a GoFundMe for their staff, who are not working right now.

Becasue of that, Arvantitis wants the community to know:

"You're helping us, you're helping them," he said. "And we're extremely grateful for Tallahassee, that's for sure."

The Brass Tap has expanded their takeout menu since the start of the pandemic.