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Harker Heights bar keeps employees on payroll with repair projects

Posted at 9:35 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 12:52:06-04

Businesses are adjusting to the pandemic in many ways, from closing their doors to laying off employees. One Harker Heights business is fighting hard to stay open and keep its employees working.

While many Central Texas businesses have had to face the harsh reality of laying off employees, employees at Sean's Pub Bar and Patio in Harker Heights are staying busy.

"I just couldn't let our employees go, so we are keeping them on a weekly schedule to try to get them some income and better the bar," said owner Robert Wieland.

From bartenders to DJ's, all are doing a different kind of labor and expanding their skill set.

"Some of the things we've done have been pretty exciting," said Robert Wilson, a DJ. "I've never reupholstered chairs. Now I know how to."

Owner Robert Wieland says he gets to keep his employees, and since business is down, the bar gets the time and attention it needs.

"That way we are not intermixing with the community and people coming in and out. We actually have time to do it right the first time instead of patchwork," said Wieland.

Wilson says everyone has become his family, and he can't wait to welcome customers back.

"We will survive this. The party's gotta wait but we will be back," he said.