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The identity of the mysterious benefactor who left six envelopes with a $ 2,021 tip at various Boston bars and restaurants this week has finally been revealed. Local car magnate and philanthropist Ernie Boch Jr. said in an article he was saddened by how restaurants have struggled since the pandemic.

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“It was so dead that I got the idea why not go to Boston and go to all these different bars and give some support,” Boch said in an article by WHDH in Boston.

Boch and a friend enjoyed the services in six Boston locations in three hours and left the envelopes behind. “I don’t get take away that often, but when I do I can only see the problems that are there,” said Boch. “I encourage everyone who can, please, to support the industry.”

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Yesterday, Boch also donated $ 1 million to the Barstool Sports Restaurant Fund, which was set up to help small businesses that need help due to the effects of COVID.

“It’s a ray of sunshine in this storm and an inspiration to others,” said Doug Bacon, president of the Red Paint Hospitality Group, in a Boston Herald article. “It’s worse than anyone can imagine. People in the industry are just getting through. But that brings hope, ”said Bacon, who owns eight restaurants and bars in Boston. “There are good things on the horizon.”

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One of his servers, Conor Gallivan, who received a $ 2,021 tip at the Corner Tavern, told the Boston Herald that the tip was “overwhelming” and that he immediately used it to pay off some bills.

“I tried to find out for a second if that was intentional and then you realize he left $ 2,021 for 2021, it was pretty straightforward symbolism,” Gallivan said. “I basically got a month’s rent in a tip.”

The hospitality industry has been badly affected and continues to struggle due to restrictions and bans.

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