Brooklyn bar owners help raise over $10,000 for employeesPosted: Updated:
A selfless act by the owners of a popular Brooklyn bar and a community rallying in support is showing how some people are looking out for one another during this difficult time.
In less than 24 hours, more than $10,000 was raised for employees who were laid off at The Double Windsor as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
One of the owners, Eric Horowitz, tells News 12 they had to make some very difficult decisions and let almost their entire staff go.
Realizing the effect these layoffs would have on his employees, Horowitz says he decided to create a GoFundMe page.
"They are a great group of people and that is why the customers come and so I wanted to do something to give back and help them... we need to look out for them,” said Horowitz.
"I made the $10,000 and laughed because I was hoping we could get a couple of thousand," said Horowitz. Now, he's raised more than $13,000.
While those employees are out of work for the foreseeable future and have a rough road ahead, they tell News 12 they're forever grateful for the community's generous contributions.
They say this really shows what people are made of. Now, the Double Windsor is currently open for takeout and starting next week they are planning on taking in delivery orders too.