More than 50 restaurants/bars have voluntarily opted to shut their doors due to coronavirus concerns, and over 20 have shifted to solely take-out and delivery. Obviously, this leaves thousands of Nashville service industry workers unemployed for an undetermined amount of time.
With that in mind, country singer Dierks Bentley announced yesterday that he’ll give each of his 90 hourly employees at his downtown Nashville Whiskey Row $1,000 to help ease the stress in the short term. He encouraged other bar owners to do the same, remembering his own time as a struggling musician on Lower Broadway.
Barista Parlor owner Andy Mumma is also doing his part to support employees in these trying times. Mumma posted earlier today on social media that all of his coffee shop will close for at least 30 days, but that all employees would still receive full pay, health benefits, and 401k throughout the shutdown.