OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) — Downtown Owensboro looks a little different tonight. Many businesses are closed and few cars are on the streets. Some restaurants remain open for pickup and one of those restaurants, Colby’s, got a little something extra from a longtime customer.
“They came in the first day and had a certain amount of money they wanted to make sure that we spread amongst our staff,” said Colby’s owner, Colby MacQuarrie.
That amount? 1,500 dollars.
“We have about 50 employees. Everybody needs a little extra. Payroll is tomorrow for us, for all of our employees so we thought we would use that and other money to be able to give them something a little extra for their work here,” said MacQuarrie.
However, they aren’t the only good samaritans helping the more than thirty-year-old owensboro staple stay in business.
“There were some others that brought in gift cards, kroger gift cards, walmart gift cards, target gift cards,” said MacQuarrie.
Across town, another business owner is giving back to those in a different industry.
“Before we’d only do during the daytime, now we’re out trying to be out here longer,” said Tri-R-Tips BBQ Owner Nicholas Rose. “With all the truck drivers we try to get into areas where we can get to them, that way they can come up and get their food.”
Rose is using his traveling truck to provide truck drivers working overtime with a discounted meal on wheels, sometimes giving the food away for free.
“These truck drivers are having to work long hours and then they have to get delayed and go on and go on, but they’re bringing all your supplies, all your household goods, all your food; even all the food I have is from a truck driver,” said Rose.
“I think as far as Owensboro is concerned, we’re in a good position,” said MacQuarrie.
“We wanted to be able to be there for our community in a hard time like this and you know we love our community and we wanted to be able to give back,” said Rose.
(This story was originally published on March 25, 2020)