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Darius Rucker’s good deed surprises patrons, servers at S.C. IHOP

Darius Rucker is performing at the Grand Ole Opry Saturday night.
Darius Rucker is performing at the Grand Ole Opry Saturday night.(Chris Hollo/Circle)
Updated: Jan. 25, 2021 at 10:41 AM EST
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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - Musician and Lowcountry native Darius Rucker quietly treated everyone dining at a restaurant he frequents to a free meal and also left a big tip for servers Sunday morning.

The Grammy-award winner visited the Mount Pleasant IHOP where employees consider him a regular. After his meal, he approached General Manager Stephen Vitale and asked about paying for the meals of everyone dining in the restaurant at that moment.

“It was a full restaurant,” Vitale said. “There were a lot of people. I added it up and he paid.”

He said Rucker also left a “very generous” tip for the servers to share, but declined to provide a specific dollar amount.

“It caused a lot of excitement,” Vitale said. He said many in the restaurant didn’t recognize Rucker, who wore a mask when he wasn’t eating.

“We know him because he does come in quite often and we consider him a regular,” he said, adding that a few who did recognize Rucker thanked him for the gesture.

“It was a good morning at IHOP,” Vitale said.

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