07/25/2014 09:57 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

After Fire Destroyed Restaurant, This Owner Continued Paying Staff During 6-Month Rebuild

This restaurant owner proved to his employees that he knows a business is about people and not just profit.

Bruce Kroll, who owns a Culver's restaurant in Platteville, Wisconsin, found himself in a tough spot when he discovered that his establishment had burned down last November, according to WKOW. While the insurance covered his 40 employees' pay for 60 days, Kroll decided the right thing to do was to pay his workers out of pocket until the restaurant was rebuilt -- which amounted to about four months' worth of pay, or a total of $144,000.

"Given a different situation, if I was on the other side of the table, I would hope that someone would take care of me, too," Kroll told WKOW.

He used profits from another Culver's franchise he owns in Iowa to help pay his Wisconsin workers until the Platteville location reopened in June, according to WISC-TV.

Kroll asked that his employees pay it forward and spend some time volunteering in the community, the outlet reported.

Many of his employees were eager to fulfill his request, saying they were moved by his kindness. Some workers came together and raised funds for their local fire department, while others volunteered at a local church or helped out at Badger Camp, a facility for people with disabilities.

Kroll's generosity has created a workplace where employees say they truly feel valued.

"I'm probably going to be here another five years just because of the owner," Cole Cooper, one of Kroll's employees told WISC-TV.

Kroll said he was glad to show his employees the appreciation he thinks they deserve.

"It is just a building and Culver’s of Platteville is much more than that," he told the outlet. "It is the people and not the building and we didn’t lose the people and so why should we allow the fire to cause that to happen?"

Like Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter



Fast-Food Restaurants We Wish Were in the U.S.