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Houston Man Selling Restaurant to Help Waitress With Brain Tumor

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Marisa Kabas

By Marisa Kabas on January 8, 2014

If you’re in the market for a 6,000-square foot German restaurant, then today is your lucky day. Restaurateur Michael De Beyer is selling his Houston-area restaurant so he can use the money to help an employee with a brain tumor.

Brittany Mathis, 19, is a waitress at the Kaiserhof Restaurant and Wunderbar. After she developed a rash on her leg and started experiencing frequent headaches, KHOU reports, a doctor’s exam revealed she had a brain tumor.

The problem is that Mathis doesn’t have health insurance, and after reaching out to a number of physicians for help she has been continually denied. She described one particularly negative experience.

“He was just very rude, and after he looked at the MRI and CAT scan, he said it wouldn’t effect [sic] me for a few years,” Brittany said. “He said there was nothing he could do, and I was thinking it was because I didn’t have any health insurance, that’s why he wouldn’t help me.”


De Beyer decided to step in and help Brittany and her mother Barbara, who is a manager at the restaurant, pay for the bills by putting his authentic German eatery up for sale. Yes, he’s selling it for her.

“I’m not able to just sit by and let it happen,” De Beyer said. “I couldn’t live with myself; I would never be happy just earning money from my restaurant knowing that she needs help.”

Boss of the year? Boss of the year.

It remains unclear why Mathis has yet to sign up for a plan from the Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace. Americans can no longer be denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions, but while Mathis could still sign up, the bills have already piled up. (We called the restaurant to ask either Mathis or De Beyer why she hasn’t yet, but there was no answer.)

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Back in 2000, Mathis’ father, John, died from a ruptured brain tumor at age 33, and her mother, her sister Kay (also a waitress at the restaurant) and De Beyer hope to raise the funds to ensure she doesn’t suffer a similar fate.

De Beyer said he has previously received an offer on the restaurant for $1.3 million, which he turned down. He believes the 17-year-old restaurant is now worth as much as $2 million. He hopes that selling it will not only help save Brittany’s life but give him more time to spend with his wife and two children.

[via KHOU/The Courier]
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