Companies with Heart: How These Business Leaders Are Giving Back amid the Pandemic




Hott Leggz, a popular restaurant and sports bar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was forced to temporarily close up shop on St. Patrick’s Day due to the pandemic, leaving co-owners Ky Novak, 52, and Juliana Sodre, 41, deeply “concerned” about how their 23 employees were going to survive.

They soon realized, however, that their walls were covered with dollar bills left behind by customers — $9,648 of them to be exact. It took three weeks to pull all the money down from the walls, but in the end, the money was divided equally and paired with some donations, and each worker took home $498.

“It was quite a task, but we used needle-nose pliers to take them down,” says Novak. “The actual value of the money wasn’t life-changing, but knowing that they work for someone who cares is.”

  • Reporting by ANDREA BILLUPS, DIANE HERBST and JULIETTE VARA

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