Mysterious patron surprises Johnny’s customers twice with free breakfast


BURRILLVILLE – A man described as “adamant,” about keeping his anonymity has twice surprised patrons at Johnny’s Victory Diner by paying for everyone’s meal.

Waitress Allison Romano said the customer, who she did not know previously, visited the Nasonville diner twice in the past two weeks, picking up the tab for everyone eating at the time on both occasions.

“No one knows his name and he hadn’t been a regular before that,” said owner Rhonda Hanaway. “It’s like he slides in and out and did this good deed, but wants no one to notice him.”

A total of around 50 patrons benefitted from the mysterious do-gooder’s generosity during his visits on Sunday, Feb. 14 and again on Sunday, Feb. 21 around 9:30 a.m. The man was reportedly dining with his wife during the first visit, and alone the second time.

Hanaway said the total cost for the food was between $500 and $600.

The gesture was acknowledged this week on social media by surprised and grateful customers.

“Thank you for your kindness and generosity,” wrote Tyler Menard Sunday on a Facebook forum for locals. “This world could use more people like you.”

The business, purchased by Rhonda and her husband John Hanaway in 2018, serves classic diner food, as well as Friday night dinners, and was named best BBQ in Rhode Island by the publication Food & Wine last year.

The restaurant recently acquired a full liquor license and is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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