Restaurant news that doesn't deal with openings and closings often has a dark tone. Either a chef is cryptically leaving their position or everyone is suing each other or staff is staging mass walkouts. Today, though, there's a more touching story, courtesy of KHOU in Houston.
Brittany Mathis, a waitress at Kaiserhof Restaurant and Wunderbar in Montgomery, has a brain tumor. The first sign Mathis had that anything was wrong the appearance of a rash on her leg. Doctors found evidence of clotting and ordered CAT and MRI scans, at which point they discovered the mass on her brain.
Sadly it isn't the first time the Mathis family has had to deal with these issues. When Brittany's dad died unexpectedly in 2000 the cause of death was identified as a brain tumor that no one knew about. Today, the medical bills are too much for the 19-year-old to handle. She is uninsured and can't even afford tests to see if the tumor is malignant or benign.
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Which is why Michael De Beyer, the owner of Kaiserhof, is selling his 6000-square-foot German restaurant. "Here's a family, they really work hard they have a lot of stuff against them in the past and they are not holding their hand open they didn't even ask anybody for help," De Beyer told KHOU.
De Beyer estimates that the restaurant is worth around $2 million. He's been running Kaiserhof for the past 17 years and was looking to sell it to spend more time with his own family.
Said Mathis: "I really think it's an amazing blessing and can't thank him enough and his family. Never thought that anybody would do that and he did and it makes me feel really good."