Route 6 bartender receives $1,000 tip |

Route 6 bartender receives $1,000 tip

Longtime Vail Valley resident Carly DiMuzio, a bartender at Route 6 Cafe in Eagle-Vail, received a $1,000 tip on Tuesday.
John LaConte |

EAGLE-VAIL — Carly DiMuzio doesn’t own a smartphone.

She recently loaned a friend her car, and the engine blew out.

She works as a bartender at Route 6 Cafe, and even on her busiest, most frustrating days, she says she always makes a conscious effort to be as upbeat as possible with any customer that comes her way. She’s often told she “rocks,” but that compliment doesn’t usually come with a big-money bonus.

On Tuesday, however, Carly received a note attached to a $1,000 credit card tip.

“My sweet server at Route 6 … you ROCK!! I would love to see this on Vail Daily so that others in our valley will do the same! Have a great ski season!”

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DiMuzio said the tip left her speechless.

“She seemed like an ordinary customer. I was really busy so I didn’t spend much time with her,” DiMuzio said. “I feel like we shared a quick laugh in there somewhere, she was here about 45 minutes, had a glass of wine and some fish and chips and left.”

DiMuzio is originally from Maine. She’s 32, has lived in the valley for 13 years and has worked at Route 6 for about a year.

“We’re lucky, we’ve been staying pretty steady through the offseason, but it’s always hard to get by in October and November,” DiMuzio said. “You always hear about these things happening, but you never expect it will happen to you. It was amazing — there’s some really good people here.”

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