'Part of a family:' Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant providing free meals for laid-off workers

’Part of a family: ’ Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant providing free meals for laid-off workers

BROOKFIELD (CBS 58) -- A local restaurant is supporting its employees through these trying times.

Darcy McCormick, server at Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant in Brookfield, is one of the more than 100 workers who found out last week she lost her job. “Very devastating to just experience it as a whole,” she said. “Everybody kinda had somber attitudes.”

More than a week ago, all restaurants in the state closed under Gov. Tony Evers order to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

“We sincerely all function as a team, and seeing this building without them has been very difficult and that was one of the first jarring things we had to process,” said Garrett Wootan, general manager.

However, they’re all in this together. Every day the restaurant is closed, they’re providing a free hot meal for employees and their families.

“What they picked up on the last pickup was barbecue pork, served with a squash and mashed potato with Brussels sprouts, as well,” Wootan said.

The company also gave their staff a one-time bonus. Part-time employees received $200, full-timers got $300.

“I’m working for a great corporation who can support their employees even during a time of crisis like this,” McCormick said. “It’s very important to feel we’re part of a family and not alone."

Currently, Cooper’s Hawk is open for wine pickups and purchases. On Monday, the restaurant will be open for carry out.

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