The wooden case that formerly held the $1,000 bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing. Photo by Cane Rosso/Facebook
DALLAS, March 25 (UPI) -- A bottle of ranch dressing displayed at a Texas pizzeria with a tongue-in-cheek price tag of $1,000 actually fetched the sum when it was sold to benefit an animal shelter.
Dallas restaurant Cane Rosso Pizza, which has a strict ban on ranch dressing, had the bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch displayed in a wooden case for five years with a sign reading, "Side of delicious ranch dressing, $1,000.00."
"Never in a million years did we think someone was actually going to buy the bottle of ranch," Beth Moore of Cane Rosso told KTVT-TV.
However, that all changed when the pizzeria changed the bottle of dressing's price from a tongue-in-cheek joke to a serious fundraiser for the Humane Society in Beaumont, which was recently destroyed in a fire.
Josh Tipton, regional general manager for delivery service Caviar, realized his time had finally arrived.
"It's so legendary. I've kind of always thought about buying it. I never thought I'd have the opportunity to," Tipton said.
Tipton shelled out the whole $1,000 for the bottle of ranch.
"I've had a lot of people come want to look at it. And I'm like, it's just a bottle of ranch," he said. "Only in Texas, only in Dallas could you spend $1,000 on a bottle of ranch."
The pizzeria applauded Tipton's generosity in a Facebook post showing the now-empty wooden case.
Some men just wanna watch the world burn...WE JUST SOLD OUR FIRST BOTTLE OF RANCH DRESSING!! Big ups to the boys at...Posted by Cane Rosso on Monday, March 21, 2016
"Some men just wanna watch the world burn...WE JUST SOLD OUR FIRST BOTTLE OF RANCH DRESSING!! Big ups to the boys at Caviar for dropping a cool $1000 to help the Humane Society of Southeast Texas. Josh, you disgust me, but you're alllllriiight," the post read.
Tipton said he doesn't plan to use the bottle of dressing -- its expiration date is long past -- but he might display it in his home as a reminder to help those in need.
"May that bottle of ranch rot in hell," the restaurant said on Facebook.