Who we are
In March of 2020 our friend/brother/partner Peter O’Brien passed away unexpectedly. Pete was not only a veteran of the hospitality industry but a big fan of spending too much money at bars and restaurants and leaving tips that usually exceeded 50%.
He had money in his bank accounts that his family didn’t need or want and they decided to gift it to his friends that had all recently lost income due to COVID19 restaurant closures. Along with the checks, there was a note that said they should consider this “Peter’s last big fat tip.” The spark of Put It On Pete’s Tab had been lit.
Random conversations led to an idea that we could carry on Pete’s legacy of generosity and purely altruistic giving if we came together and created a community. And thus the Facebook group was born. Within 2 weeks we had over $1000 in donations and 300 members. We officially launched as a registered non profit on May 22nd and surpassed $10,000 in contributions a little over a month later.
We are asking for people within the hospitality industry to reach out and let us know what they need and we will do our best to help. So far we’ve assisted with rent, utility bills, a car payment, medical bills, a dental visit, money for food, diapers and formula. We’ve gifted money to nominated people within the industry as a “Big Fat Tip” that they weren’t expecting and weren’t aware of and sparked an online movement of people leaving Big Fat Tips all over the country with the note #PutItOnPetesTab.