Grand Strand waiter scores $1,000 tip

Jesse Brown has worked in the restaurant business for more than a decade but he has never had a day at work like Sunday.

While serving a couple he described as “very elegant and very humble” and juggling tabletops of 10 and four, The New York native got the largest tip of his career when $1,000 was written on the tip line.

“I’m still astonished over it,” Brown said from Gulfstream Café in Garden City Beach where he has worked for the last two months. “He told me it is to help me reach my dream so I have to use it for that.”

Brown said his conversation with the couple started when the man asked about a Tequila Sunrise drink and Brown suggested the restaurant’s Sunset Martini as a better choice. The couple then accepted his recommendations for a bowl of she crab soup and the fresh catch of the day, which was Mahi Mahi.