A wealthy businessman found himself hungry and without food in the middle of the night. He comes across a poor man who gives him some food. Months later, he repays the kind man for what he did.
Arnold was a successful restauranteur who went to a small town on a business trip. He was to have a meeting on the city's outskirts, where he planned to renovate and revamp a failing restaurant business to make it profitable again.
The meeting was set for 10:00 p.m. at the current restaurant owner's home. This was so they had enough time to close the restaurant and head home to meet with Arnold.
Arnold had a late-night meeting in a neighborhood on the outskirts of town. | Source: Pexels
While waiting, Arnold suddenly began to feel his hunger. The owners messaged that they'd be running late, so he decided to walk around the neighborhood to find something to eat. All the cafes he passed through were closed, save for an old, abandoned restaurant called "Sean's Pizza."
Desperate for something to eat, Arnold decided to enter. However, as soon as he did, he realized that the restaurant was not operational and hadn't been for a while.
Despite this, Arnold wanted to take a look around. He liked the pizza parlor's intricate interior design and realized that it must have once been a successful restaurant because of how it looked.
Arnold realized that the pizzeria must have once been successful based on its interior design. | Source: Pexels
As he took a look around, the door suddenly shut behind him because of a gush of wind. The slam caused the building structure to shake, and a piece of the ceiling fell on Arnold.
The piece hit his head, and he immediately lost consciousness because of the impact. When he woke up, he was slightly confused about where he was.
He took a look around and noticed a shabby man standing next to him. He sat up and decided to talk to the man. "What happened? How long was I unconscious?" he asked.
Arnold lost consciousness after a piece of the ceiling fell on him. | Source: Pexels
The man, who introduced himself as Steve, shared that Arnold had been knocked unconscious for about half an hour. "I was at the back room of the pizza parlor when I heard the door slam. I went to check it out and saw you unconscious on the floor. A piece of the ceiling fell and hit you," Steve explained, handing Arnold a bottle of water.
"What were you doing inside the back room? This place looks deserted," Arnold replied, taking the water bottle and gulping it down.
"Well, I live here, actually," Steve revealed. "My father, Sean, used to own this pizza parlor, but he died long ago. I couldn't maintain the restaurant, so I closed it down. Now, I'm left begging for alms on the street."
Steve revealed that he lived in the abandoned pizza parlor. | Source: Pexels
"I'm sorry to hear that you had to close down your business. The place looks as if it was once very successful. I would have loved to try your pizzas," Arnold admitted.
Steve smiled at him, shaking his head. "Well, sir, today is your lucky day. I was making a pizza for myself using my father's secret recipe. We don't cook pizzas in an oven, but in an open fire, making them very tasty. A generous woman gave me some cash today, and I was able to buy ingredients. Come with me," Steve said, leading Arnold to the back.
When they got there, Arnold was amazed at Steve's simple setup. There was an open fire built with wood and a piece of metal on top where he placed the pizza.
Arnold watched Steve cook the pizza with an open fire. | Source: Pexels
After a couple of minutes, Arnold was able to get a taste of Steve's creation. He was impressed. It was the best pizza he had ever tasted!
That night, Arnold went to his late-night meeting with a full stomach. While the restaurant owners spoke, his mind wandered off, and he kept thinking about Steve and his pizza.
Despite his lingering thoughts, he honored his promise and bought the restaurant from its current owners. He vowed to make it a fine dining fusion restaurant, the first in the area.
Arnold continued on with his plan to revamp the failing restaurant on the outskirts of town. | Source: Pexels
A couple of weeks later, Arnold's revamped restaurant opened successfully. Lines circled the block, and reservations filled for weeks. Knowing the restaurant was fully-operational and could now stand on its own without his full supervision, he went on to pursue something he'd been longing to do for weeks.
On a Monday morning, Steve woke up to the sound of construction materials being carried into the abandoned pizza parlor. He came out of the back room and found several workers in their hard hats, including Arnold.
"What are you doing here?" Steve asked Arnold. "Why do you have so many materials with you?"
Arnold went to the pizza place with construction workers in tow. | Source: Pexels
Arnold smiled proudly. "I bought the plot of land we're in. Since the loan was not paid off years ago, it was named a government property. Now, I'm building a pizzeria that I know families will surely love!"
This angered Steve, thinking Arnold was taking advantage of his poor situation. "How dare you disrespect what my father once built!" he yelled.
"I am not trying to disrespect you or your father, Steve. I am trying to honor the two of you. I'm naming the restaurant 'Sean and Steve's Pizza," Arnold told him. He thought Steve would be pleased, but this made him even angrier.
Arnold revealed his plans to re-open the pizzeria. | Source: Pexels
"Don't you dare run a pizzeria under my father's name! Do you think simply naming it after us would 'honor' us?" he shot back.
"Steve, I'm not going to run the pizzeria... you are!" Arnold said, patting Steve on the back. "You see, I couldn't stop thinking about the pizza you made a couple of weeks ago. It would be a pity if you kept this secret recipe to yourself. The world deserves to get a taste of the best pizza ever!"
Steve realized that Arnold was giving him the opportunity to bring his life back on track, so he began to listen with an open mind. Arnold told him that he was going to manage the operations of the pizzeria while Arnold remained a consultant and investor behind the scenes.
Steve realized Arnold was giving him the opportunity to put his life back on track. | Source: Pexels
"What do you get from helping me?" Steve asked Arnold.
"Well, Steve, I am a retauranteur. I invest in restaurants, and I want to invest in yours. We split the profits in half. This way, we are business partners," he explained.
This sounded like a fair partnership to Steve. With Arnold financing everything, he could focus on building the menu and cooking the best pizzas in town.
Steve was able to make pizza for other people again after they put up the restaurant. | Source: Pexels
Before they knew it, the pizzeria had regained the popularity it once had. Like Arnold's other restaurants, people lined up for hours to taste their delicious pizza.
Steve saved up enough money to buy himself a good apartment, thanks to the success of the pizzeria. He no longer had to beg for alms and had enough money to live comfortably.
"Thank you, Arnold. You changed my life," Steve told his business partner one day.
Arnold put an arm around Steve's shoulder and shook his head. "You helped me once, and I helped you. Consider us even," he said with a smile.
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