Arkansas Property Owner Tells Restaurants to Pay Employees, ‘NO RENT’ during Coronavirus

A property owner in Arkansas will not make its restaurant tenants pay rent in April during the novel coronavirus pandemic, in which the practice of social distancing has impacted businesses like eateries.

Young Investment Company, based in Jonesboro, said that instead, they ask the restaurant owners to use the money “to pay your employees and take care of your family.”

“Stay strong. We will get through this together!” according to a message from the company’s Facebook page posted Tuesday.

Young Investment Company owns property that houses Eleanor’s Pizzeria, Roots, City Wok, Main Street Coffee and the Parsonage.

“This is a new experience for everyone,” Karl Lowe, co-owner and executive chef at Roots, told ABC Jonesboro affiliate KAIT.

John Myers, co-owner and chef at The Parsonage, told KAIT that he saw a 60% decrease in attendance just this past weekend, drastically affecting the restaurant’s revenue.

You can read more from our friends at ABC News.

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