Dierks Bentley is stepping up to the plate for his employees as his bar Whiskey Row, located in Nashville, is shut down amid the coronavirus outbreak.
On Sunday, March 15, Nashville Mayor John Cooper called for Nashville bars to close and severely limit restaurant capacity to fight the spread of the coronavirus. In post on Instagram, Dierks shared that he will be giving money to his employees of the bar to help out as they will remain out of work for the foreseeable future.
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“Just gave last all at @whiskeyrownashville as we close the doors for a while. My heart goes out to all the guys/girls down on Lower Broad. Feels like yesterday that it was me down there working for tips. I am going to immediately give each of our 90 hourly employees $1000 to help in the short run as our community and country try to get a handle on the situation.”
Dierks went on to call on other bar owners to step up and take care of their employees.
“@riohospitality and I encourage all bar owners on Lower Broadway to take care of bartenders, bar backs, waitresses, security, dishwashers etc the best they can. Lower Broadway is the heartbeat of Nashville. Let’s make sure we help the folks that help make the music happen.”
The “Drunk on a Plane” singer is following in the footsteps of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who announced he will continue to pay team employees full wages for the next four scheduled home games, following the NBA’s suspension of the regular season.
“There’s going to be hourly employees that aren’t working,” Cuban told ESPN’s Get Up. “And so, we talked again this morning with our folks at the AAC and getting the numbers. For the next four Mavs games we have a program where—the next four would-have-been Mavs games—we’ll pay our employees, our hourly employees, as if they worked.”
New Orleans Pelicans star player, Zion Williamson, followed suit announcing his decision to pay the salaries of all employees of the Smoothie King Center “for the next 30 days,” following the NBA’s decision to suspend the regular season.
That’s how we look out for each other.