Following Governor Cuomo’s executive order requiring bars and restaurants to close on 3/16, Scott Gerber, a 30-year veteran of the industry, has had to shutter 10 venues and lay off 400 staff, many of whom have been with the company for 25 years.
To help soften the blow of unemployment, Gerber Group has:
* Set up a ‘Pantry’ at Irvington that will provide free food for the Gerber Group staff for the foreseeable future. All food surplus from the closed venues have been provided to staff, and Gerber Group is continuing to place food orders with their small local vendors to ensure the pantry stays replenished (while continuing to provide business to these companies). Gerber Group is offering delivery service to any staff who is unable to make it to the food pantry at Irvington.
* Set up a GoFundMe, with 100% of proceeds going towards supporting the food pantry and/or providing financial assistance to team members who are no longer able to earn a living during this time.