With so many restaurants facing uncertainty, it is very much appreciated when someone chips in with a show of solidarity.
One landlord in Jonesboro, Arkansas, won huge praise online when they waived April’s rent so that struggling restaurants could pay their workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Young Investment Company announced Tuesday night on social media it would “not expect its restaurant tenants to pay April rent.”
The company owns several properties in Jonesboro which it rents to restaurants including Eleanor’s Pizzeria, Roots, Main Street Coffee, The Parsonage, and City Wok.
Instead of paying rent, Clay Young urged owners to “pay your employees and take care of your family. We will get through this together.”
“I’ve been in this industry for 27 years and I’ve never seen anything like this," said Karl Lowe, co-owner and executive chef at Roots, to Arkansas news channel KAIT.
Social media reacted with appreciation as this is exactly the kind of gesture that can ease the burden on struggling businesses.