Readers Write: Say thank you to staff of your favorite eatery

The Island Now

In these difficult economic times dealing with COVID-19, it is especially important to patronize your favorite restaurants and honor the employees who make them a success.  While National Waiter and Waitress Day May 21 has come and gone, when our restaurants reopen in coming weeks please patronize them.

As regular patrons of several local restaurants including Aunt Bella’s, Joe’s Marathon Food Shop and King Wok in Little Neck, Fontana Famous Gyro and Pizza in Bayside, Peter Lugers and Mortons of Chicago in Great Neck, International House of Pancakes in Manhasset, Landmark Diner in Roslyn, along with Hildebrandts Ice Cream Parlor and Williston Park Townhouse Diner in Williston Park, there are several ways to say thank you.

Let your server(s), cooks and owners know how much you appreciate the excellent food and service.

We try to tip 20 percent against the total bill including taxes. If it is an odd amount, round up to the next dollar.  Why not leave a 25 percent tip to honor your return of eating out.

If you can afford to eat out, you can afford an extra dollar tip. When ordering take out, don’t forget to leave a dollar or two for the waiter or cook. Trust us, it is appreciated.

Remember the people who work at your favorite restaurant are our neighbors.

They work long hours for little pay and count on tips, which make up a significant portion of their income.  If we don’t patronize our local restaurants, they don’t eat either. Your purchases keep our neighbors employed and the local economy growing.

As a show of appreciation, drop off a box of candy, cookies or some other treat for your favorite waiter or restaurant staff to celebrate their reopening.

Larrry Penner

Great Neck


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