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Ale Emporium owner helping employees amid COVID-19 closures

Scott Baun will continue to pay his employees and provide daily meal
Posted at 9:40 AM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 10:51:18-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Many restaurants and bars are doing what they can to support their employees during this difficult time.

That includes Ale Emporium, a popular bar on 86th Street and Allisonville Road on the northeast side of Indianapolis, as workers there will continue to get an income despite closures.

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The owner of Ale plans to continue paying kitchen and salaried staff their regular wages and paying tipped employees their average weekly rate.

"They've all been really appreciative. We just thought it was the right thing to do, and I think they all know that," Scott Baun, owner of Ale, said.

"It's wonderful. I've worked here on and off for 18 years. Obviously, it's a wonderful company and a wonderful family to work for," Natalie Perkins, a bartender at Ale, said. "They defintely embrace their core family values, and that's what they're going to do with us; they're not going to let anyone ... go without. They're going to do everything they can — they always have, they always will."

Baun says there are about 300 employees combined at Ale's three locations.

Baun will also be providing staff and their families with one free meal per day.

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On Friday, about 30 cars were waiting in line for pick up.