“Come with me on my first dinner date in 30 years,” Joe wrote in a text caption on the video, which began with footage of him fixing his hair in the mirror.
The TikTok then transitioned to footage filmed inside the restaurant, where Joe could be seen waiting “patiently” for his date to arrive. However, the video then saw the grandpa looking at his phone, with a text caption noting that it was the moment he checked to see whether his date had texted to cancel.
“Waited an hour, she didn’t show up, so I just ate alone,” a final caption update read, as Joe could be seen looking forlorn as he sat at the restaurant table with his head resting on his hands.
The video has since gone viral on TikTok, where it has been viewed more than one million times, and where viewers have shared their heartwarming and encouraging responses to Joe’s attempt.
“Aw I’m so sorry you look amazing!” one viewer wrote, while another said: “You look so handsome!! Her loss.”
“I am so so so sorry, but you look dashing as always,” someone else wrote.
Others assured the TikToker that he would find someone “kind,” who wouldn’t be “inconsiderate” and stand him up on a date.
“Omgosh I would’ve been honoured to have a date with you,” another viewer wrote.
Although Joe did not share any additional details about his date, he revealed in a follow-up video that he is a widow while reflecting on his relationship with his late wife. According to the TikTok influencer, he and his wife were childhood best friends who reconnected many years later and fell in love.
Now my memory is fading I rely on my old photos to remind me of my time when my wife was alive 😞
♬ Gravity Skylar Astin Valerie Broussard - RISQII
The Independent has contacted @GranddadJoe for comment.