LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Thank you for #LookingForLewis, we found him!
It all started with a letter to Top Round Roast Beef in St. Matthews. The owner, Billy Rappaport, read it out loud to WAVE 3 News on Tuesday.
The letter said:
"This is why we're doing what we're doing," Rappaport said.
The letter did not include Lewis' last name.
The spelling in his letter was a little off, but Rappaport sent another letter offering a job anyway.
However, someone threw out the return address after the letter was mailed.
"The only address and connectivity to Lewis was gone," Rappaport said.
Rappaport called WAVE 3 News for help. The hashtag, #LookingForLewis was born and shared across the internet along with a video of Rappaport asking for help to find Lewis.
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More than 8,000 online views later, Lewis Mather's mother contacted WAVE 3 News on Wednesday.
WAVE 3 News was at the restaurant as Mather started his first day. He was given his own uniform and name tag.
"It is official," Mather said.
With the help of a ladder to reach the register, Mather's first day was flawless.
The eight-year-old is an aspiring chef and big fan of the Top Round.
"It has a ton of juiciness and it can break apart a lot easy," Mather said.
He wrote his letter in hopes of getting work experience. To his surprise, he took home a little more. Rappaport paid him $4.
"You have to have pride in your work and you should be paid for it," Rappaport said.
You never know what will happen, until you ask.
"I thought I was just going to sweep but, no no I got to do everything!" Mather said.