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Jonesboro restaurant follows landlord's advice to pay employees instead of rent

Roots (Photo: KAIT)
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One Jonesboro property owner wants to make life easier for a restaurant struggling to decide if they will close or change the way they do business.

KATV content partner Region 8 News reports that Young Investment Company announced Tuesday night on social media it would “not expect its restaurant tenants to pay April rent.”

The company’s downtown Jonesboro properties house several of the area’s favorite 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.”

“This is a new experience for everyone," said Karl Lowe, co-owner and executive chef at Roots.

More people staying home means less money in the restaurants’ pockets and that of their employees.

“This past weekend, we saw a 60 percent cut in attendance in what we were bringing in revenue-wise," said John Myers, co-owner and chef at The Parsonage.

Both he and Lowe are praising Young for his act of kindness. “I’ve been in this industry for 27 years and I’ve never seen anything like this," Lowe said.

Both he and Myers are heeding Young’s advice.

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