Thrillist: One DC Restaurant Group’s Nimble Strategy to Pay its Employees During COVID-19
“In just the first three weeks of March, the National Restaurant Association estimates that the industry lost $25 billion in sales and more than 3 million jobs. Amidst the barrage of layoffs and closures, some businesses are still hanging on, and DC’s King and Queen of carbs have figured out a way to take care of their empire.
Andrew Dana and Daniela Moreira made the difficult decision to close all four of their restaurants on March 16, and they just reopened three this week. “This thing was so fast moving and nobody knew what to expect day to day,” Dana explains. “Without a well thought-out plan, to just continue to stay open didn’t seem the right thing to do.”
Through it all, they continued paying their 145 hourly employees at Call Your Mother, Timber Pizza, Turu’s Pizza, and Ballston Service Station. “We’ve always tried to keep two to three payrolls in the bank just in case there is some sort of doomsday thing,” Dana says. “Obviously, we weren’t planning for a global pandemic.””
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