In A Real Ron Swanson Move, Regulars At Family-Owned Steakhouse Drop Entire Stimulus Check As Tip

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Regulars picking up a to-go order last week dropped their entire stimulus check as a tip for the staff at Colonial Steakhouse in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

via The Colonial Steakhouse

Due to lockdown measures implemented to stop the spread of COVID-19, Colonial Steakhouse is now open only three days a week for to-go service only. These adjustments have forced the steakhouse to cut its staff from twelve to four.

The restaurant’s owner Dana Gately told KARK4 it was enough for each employee, working or not, to receive $100.

Like many restaurants across the country that have been fortunate enough to reassemble as take-out operations, Colonial Steakhouse is, according to general manager, Allison Hall, just getting by.

She said the generous tip came at a moment when they needed it most.

“We just started crying and thanking God because it came at a time that most of our staff really needed it,” said Hall. “It was nice to be able to call with some good news.”

Times are tough, but the restaurant is in it for the long haul. “We’ve been open for a very long time, nearly 50 years, so we’re stubborn and we aren’t giving up. We are not going to give up,” said Hall.

If you don’t need the money or aren’t sure what to do with your stimulus check, there are nonprofit organizations actively seeking stimulus check donations.

One group, Cosecha, working to help undocumented immigrants, got more than 1,100 people to pledge portions of their checks totaling more than $40,000 as donations.

Action Network offers a form where you can pledge to give away your stimulus check to those in need. The website lists nonprofits working to aid populations that are most vulnerable right now, including efforts to feed children who normally receive school meals, support for families in need of medical help, and support for domestic workers like nannies and house cleaners who have been affected by the crisis.

Also check out Pledge My Check for more ways to donate your check.

In Maine, Wendy Blackwell-Moore, whose employment as a consultant has not been affected by the pandemic, has set up an online campaign called Pledge my Stimulus. The platform makes it possible for donors to pledge their $1200 to causes all across the country.


Blackwell-Moore speaks for these noble initiatives when she says, “It’s not really my money, it’s our money… So we need to make sure we get it into the right hands.”

Susan LaMarca

Written by Susan LaMarca