Restaurant Owner Pays Employees After Building Burns Down
Bruce Kroll may be the best boss in the world. After the Culver’s Restaurant in Platteville was destroyed by fire last November, he paid 40 employees for 6 months out of his own pocket. All he asked was that they volunteered in the community.
“What the owner could have done is he could have said, ‘Hey, you can find another place of employment,’” said Cole Cooper, an employee who has worked for five years at the restaurant.
Bruce Kroll owned the Culver’s Restaurant in Platteville for 19 years. He works in the restaurant and knows his employees and understands the importance they play. For that reason he made the decision to continue paying the 40 employees for six months while the restaurant was being rebuilt.
“To me not only was it the right thing to do, it made business sense to do it,” Kroll said.
His insurance paid the employee payroll for 60 days. Kroll paid the remaining four months of paychecks, almost $144,00 out of his own pocket.