GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Paycheck Protection Program has authorized up to $349 billion in forgivable loans for small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis.
626 on Rood applied for the Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, and is now able to pay its employees the same wages they made last year.
Since its employees are being compensated fully, the team decided to donate any tips to The House, a local program supporting homeless teens.
“100% of the tip of guest leaves we’re gonna turn around and donate,” said Theo Otte, Chef and Co-owner of 626 on Rood.
The team is adjusting during the pandemic.
“It’s different, like my job is so much different than it’s ever been before, I miss waiting tables,” said Angelina Allen, server and manager at 626 on Rood.
Angelina said the team all agreed that donating would be best.
“We’re all getting paid, let’s give more money out to the public and donate it to different areas, people that need it,” said Angelina.
The situation is presenting new opportunities for workers in the service industry.
“It’s really nice because it’s something I’ve never had the luxury of doing before, I mean as a server, you depend on your tips so much,” said Angelina.
And the owners are looking for more ways to make an impact.
“We do have more time on our hands because everybody’s here working, so we could cook meals for people at The House if that works,” said Theo.
Supporting your favorite restaurants is one of the best ways to help during the pandemic, according to Theo.
“Support them in whatever takeout they’re doing right now, and talk them up, you know social media is great, take pictures of it, if you have a good experience, share it,” said Theo.
The program is only an eight week plan, so local businesses like 626 on Rood will have to switch their business models again in 8 weeks once the funds run out.
Click here for more information on the Paycheck Protection Program.