Glasgow bar feeds homeless before closing its doors
The virus is hitting us all hard, but there are acts of kindness to be found
The COVID-19 outbreak is hitting us all, hard. We are all social distancing or in quarantine or even self isolating. Times are tough even for the most fortunate among us.
Imagine being a small business though. People are trying to keep at least 2m apart and you run a small cafe or bar. Your footfall is taking a plunge right now and with it, your profits.
It would be very understandable if places wanted to just close their doors and disappear for a while. The Admiral Bar, in Glasgow, had other ideas.
They were closing up, earlier this week, and didn't know when they'd next be able to serve a customer. As a busy pub serving food to hundreds of hungry Glaswegians every day, they were prepared for a regular couple of days ahead and the thought of letting all that delicious food go to waste wasn't one they were ready to entertain.
Instead, they decided to cook the food and serve it to the homeless population of Glasgow, for free. This included 70 pizzas, many portions of pasta and dozens of prepared rolls.
When asked about the idea, Dave, who co-owns the Admiral Bar, said, "Head Chef Kieran Woodward came up with the idea. We normally trade around 70 pizzas on a Tuesday at our quiz night, so we had the dough and sugo ready to go from Monday, with a shelf life of around a week. We made up some food parcels for staff to take home too."
Despite finding the generosity to do this in these tough times, he admitted to being very concerned about his business. With the government asking everyone to avoid bars and not subsequently forcing the closure of all cafes, it's not an option for some places, like this one, to run a take-away option. This has left a lot of small business owners very troubled.
In an attempt to maintain some sort of normality, the bar also hosted their Tuesday pub quiz on Facebook, much to the regulars' delight.
"We want to keep spirits up right now. Small acts of charity and kindness are all we have at this time."
We hear you, Dave.