The chaos that followed the Boston bombings left many restaurants on Boylston Street with hefty unpaid tabs. A handful of good-hearted patrons have made an extra effort to clear their debt.
Customers who frantically fled the scene when the bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon are making good on their tabs.
Tony Castagnozzi, owner of Rattlesnake Bar and Grill, added up a striking $3,000 in unpaid tabs from the April 15 bombings.
For many of the restaurants along Boylston Street, the Boston Marathon is a big sales day and essential to their yearly performance.
A Denver man was the first to settle his $91 bill with the Rattlesnake Bar over the phone. Then calls came in from Florida, Virginia, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and across Massachusetts.
Castagnozzi, after receiving a flood of calls and letters said, “I was speechless. ... You see there are so many good people out there. It makes you feel good.” He has received $1,200 in paid tabs and is overwhelmed with the kind-hearted folks who took the time to clear their debt.
City Councilor, Michael P. Ross, commends the patrons for their actions and says they, "are a shining symbol of the neighborhood’s ongoing recovery."