COVENTRY, R.I. (CBS) — When employees at a Rhode Island restaurant were called in for a staff meeting, many assumed the longtime owner was announcing his retirement. Instead, they got an unexpected surprise.
Cameras were rolling as management told dozens of workers at the Olde Theater Diner in Coventry that they were getting a bonus as a thank you for all their hard work during what’s been a trying time for the restaurant industry.READ MORE: Teen Lifeguards Save Man Who Suffered Heart Attack On Dennis Beach
“Thank you for everything you guys do throughout the year,” owner Ernie Nardolillo said. “The four of us decided to put in $15,000 and give everybody a bonus for what they’ve done.”READ MORE: Police: Allegedly Drugged Driver Fled Scene After Hitting And Killing Taunton Woman
That $15,000 will be divided up between about 60 employees, who went up one by one to get a piece of paper telling them how much they could expect as a bonus for their next check.MORE NEWS: Large Outdoor Events Like Concerts Remain Safe Despite COVID Concerns, Experts Say
Rhode Island is currently allowing restaurants to offer indoor dining at up to 50% of regular seating capacity.