Red Leg Brewery had only enough money left to make payroll for four months when state restrictions to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the brewery to close in late March.
Todd Baldwin, Red Leg’s founder and president, told his 16 employees he planned to keep them all on the payroll until the money ran out and forced the brewery to file for bankruptcy. But that day never arrived. The north-side brewery received $87,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, created by legislation in March to help small businesses keep employees.
“The Paycheck Protection Program helped us survive as a business. We were one of many businesses that were told we couldn’t do business (during the pandemic),” Baldwin said. “We kept everybody on our payroll (16 people) and gave them a raise to $15 an hour