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Looney’s Pub puts people before profits

Posted at 10:05 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 23:21:30-04

BEL AIR, Md. — It’s the people who make Looney’s Pub a special place.

Even though there's no dining-in, that family feel is still pouring out of the building.

“Some of these people are here everyday and you don’t see them for a week or two it’s like not seeing family kind of, it’s been weird,” General Manager Nicholas Creed said.

At their Bel Air location the roughly 30 person a day staff is cut to around 6.

“They went from a paycheck to no paycheck and this is carrying on longer and longer,” Creed said. ”We want to make sure we take care of them as much as we can in this time and be a part of the community.”

Management decided to give 20 percent of every check to employees who aren’t at work.

Customers have the option to write a name of a favorite employee— if they don’t write one the money is spread out over the staff.

“I know they aren’t turning too big of a profit right now, so it’s just more just breaking even and helping us out,” said Chris League, a bartender. "To be at a place like that is really cool.”

You can still get bulk Orange Crushes that now line the bar where patrons used to sit.

“We sold over 400 of those last weekend,” Creed said. “That seems to be the hot ticket in town right now and it’s been keeping us busy.”

Staying busy because of community from people like James Johnson who owns a Salad Works franchise around the corner.

“You don’t know how much that has an impact on people especially what we’re all going through right now,” Johnson said. “I think it’s an awesome thing that they are doing to give back to those employees. To give to those who can’t come into work and don’t have other streams of income.”

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