Pacific Counter retains 100% of staff amid COVID-19 pandemic

Exterior of Pacific Counter
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It’s been a rough time for restaurants and service industry workers. When we can, we like to shine a light on spots that are finding their way through this difficult time. Pacific Counter, a poke bowl spot on the 600 Block of Central Avenue, has thus far retained all of its employees, and kept most workers on a $10/hour pay.

Tanner Loebel, along with his partners Eric Bialik and Chitt Noythanongsay, have launched their own delivery service with all tips received going directly to employee pool.

All Pacific Counter employees of course enjoy free meals at the restaurant, too.

The owners are trying to brighten customers experience as well. An executive order from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has closed dine-in for all restaurants in the state. But every takeout/delivery order does come with free Pineapple Dole Whip.

As of this writing, Pacific Counter has retained 100% of its staff, according to a release from Pacific Counter.

Loebel notes that this kind of survival wouldn’t be possible without the wonderful support of the St. Pete community.

According to Loebel, more than $1,000 worth of gift cards have been purchased this week. The love has also been felt courtesy of movements like #CarryOutStPete, started by local residents and business leader Brady Diggs.

One customer, Loebel noted, provided a $250 tip.

You can order for takeout or delivery directly on Pacific Counter’s website.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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