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Two fine dining establishments in Massachusetts paid out some well-deserved bonuses for Christmas.
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Employees at the Alba Restaurant in Quincy and Alba 53 in Hanover received $30,000 in bonuses on Thursday, which were raised from last-minute holiday gift card sales, according to a news release.
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The two restaurants’ owner, Leo Keka, had pledged to donate 15% of Christmas-week gift card sales to his staff as a way to say thanks and celebrate his 30th year in the U.S. Hundreds of customers reportedly made purchases in response to his announcement.
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“It has obviously been a very difficult year for everyone in the restaurant industry,” Keka wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday. “But thanks to (our customers), and of course to our best-in-the-business staff both in the front of the house and in the kitchen, we were able to serve you safely within state guidelines throughout 2020. We look forward to an even better year ahead in 2021.”