Even if you feel sick to your stomach after a massive loss, you still have to eat. Such was the situation after the Boston Bruins fell to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-1, to force a decisive Game 7 back in Beantown.
However, whatever dinner plans the team may have had upon arrival in Boston were going to have to be put on hold, seeing as their plane had been grounded north of the border.
What do you do when you’re in Toronto, you really need some privacy and room service just isn’t going to cut it? Well, you call up your favorite steak joint and pray they’ll stay open long enough to serve a bunch of ravenous hockey players.
“I had literally closed the till for my bartender and we were closing in five minutes and I get this phone call,” [Lauren] Grenier, the restaurant’s service manager, said. “And they’re like, hey, there’s about 50 of us coming down to your restaurant, it’s the Boston Bruins. And I’m like, sure it is. I didn’t believe them because we’re always playing pranks on each other here at work late at night.”
Cagily, Grenier said if they arrived within the next 10 minutes or so the restaurant would try to accommodate them.
“I was just going with it,” she said, still not believing she was speaking with the Bruins.
Ten minutes later a big bus pulled into the parking lot and the Bruins started filing through the doors.
Generally speaking, a restaurant’s waitstaff is just plain beat by the end of a shift. Maybe not as beat as a group of players who just played in a Game 6 playoff showdown, but pretty tired nonetheless.
However, their hard work in hustling to feed an extra 50 people after they were supposed to be closed paid off in the form of one spectacular tip: Free tickets for what promises to be an epic Game 7 between the Bruins and Maple Leafs.
So the evening worked out for all involved: The waiters got to meet a bunch of pro athletes and then get a baller tip for their services.
And as for the Bruins themselves? Well, a late-night steak is a heck of a lot better than drive-thru Taco Bell.
[H/T: CBS Sports]