Nice Kid On The Block: Donnie Wahlberg Leaves Server $2,020 Tip, She Pays It Forward

One of the famed Wahlberg brothers dined at one of his regular restaurants in Massachusetts. After paying his $35.27 bill, Donnie Wahlberg left his regular waitress, Denise Andrews a surprisingly big tip of $2,020.

Wahlberg ate at the Marshland Restaurant on Saturday, November 7 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and got his usual order. When he signed the bill and handed it back to Andrews, her jaw dropped after seeing how much he left for her.

The restaurant shouted out Donnie on their Instagram, thanking him for his generosity. “A very special thank you to our friend @donniewahlberg,” they write in the caption of the post, “When asked about it all he said was ‘who’s up next?!’”


People Magazine caught up with the restaurant’s owner to talk about Donnie’s generosity and how Denise reacted. “Donnie has been here before in the past and he always asks for [Denise],” Marty Finch told People, “He had his normal order: steak tips with some grilled asparagus and some poached eggs. She always knows what he wants.”

He continues, “When he left he just said, ‘Denise, you’re all set. The payment is on the table.’ She always says he’s a very good tipper anyway but her jaw dropped, to say the least, when she saw that amount of tip.”

But Denise didn’t keep all of that money to herself. She split it with her coworkers and even donated some of it. “Denise was very generous. She tipped out her fellow waitstaff and the guys in the kitchen, and she actually donated too,” Finch said, “She’s working on getting two families turkey meals during the holidays, so she’s generous herself. Donnie said to pass it on, to keep this positive stuff going, so she’s trying to do that as well.”

Marty explained that this year has not been easy for restaurants and he felt the struggle at his restaurant. He told People, “Me, as the owner, we’ve struggled these last eight months. We’ve really tried to keep these doors open. We actually closed for a couple of months because it just wasn’t looking good. But we reopened, and it’s been a blessing that we did. We’re kind of like a homecooked-food-neighborhood-type restaurant, so it’s just been a really good feeling all around.”

Moises Mendez II

Written by Moises Mendez II