Country hit maker Dierks Bentley is putting his money where his heart is, gifting the Nashville employees of his Whiskey Row bar and restaurant $90,000 to get them through the coronavirus crack down.
Writing on social media Monday (March 16), the star explained that after closing up shop while the nation tries to slow COVID-19’s deadly spread, he knew how bad the fallout could get for his 90 employees. Many work for tourist tips that won’t come in if Lower Broadway’s doors stay closed, and Bentley said he remembers that feeling. So, he gave each of his 90 employees $1,000 cash.
“My heart goes out to all the guys/girls down on Lower Broad,” Bentley wrote. “Feels like yesterday that it was me down there working for tips.”
Bentley’s Whiskey Row is far from the only honky tonky forced to temporarily shut down, so the singer had another message to deliver as well. He’s encouraging all the other bar owners to take the same approach he is.
“@riothospitalitygroup and I encourage all bar owners on Lower Broadway to take care of their bartenders, bar backs, waitresses, security, dishwashers etc the best they can,” he said. “Lower Broadway is the heartbeat of Nashville. Let’s make sure we help the folks that help make the music happen.”