CAPE CORAL, Fla.-- The service industry has taken a big hit because of the pandemic, and business owners are struggling to find ways to keep things going.
Big 10 Tavern in Cape Coral has found a unique way to bring in the community together that will also support their staff. The bar plans to sell shirts for $20 a piece and half of the proceeds will go straight to the bar’s staff.
“So we put a really big goal to do 2,000 shirts because that’s $20,000 that we could disperse among the staff,” said Jason Bhimji.
The bar hopes other restaurants in Southwest Florida will follow in their footsteps. They said other businesses can sign up for the same fundraiser program so their staff can benefit.
Jason Bhimji and Jeremiah Kuslock added the bar was forced to make multiple changes because of the pandemic. They moved to takeout orders only, but they also created a new and unique menu customers seem to be loving.
“We created a really menu of food that people can afford and we put a mix of cocktails on it too.”
While many in the service industry are struggling, Jason and Jeremiah have made it their mission to support their staff during this difficult time.
Scrolling through their facebook page, you’ll find videos of them handing out toilet paper with orders or delivering food to the fire station.
“Last week, everyday, we fed one of the hospitals, fire departments, police departments,’ said Jeremiah Kuslock. “We fed a lot of people on the front lines last week.”
The two believe all of the good their doing will come full circle in the community. It’s a mentality they hope others will get behind as we try to recover.
“It’s just about coming together and helping the people who are hurt the most.”
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