A Cut Above: Barbershop Helps Run Restaurant After Staff Gets Exposed To COVID

A barbershop in Jersey City, New Jersey decided to help out their local eatery, Würstbar, when staff at the restaurant were exposed to COVID-19. One of their staff members was exposed to the virus and the restaurant decided to close for a bit.

They posted on their Instagram page “No, we are not randomly closed for ‘renovations!’ We unfortunately, had an exposure to COVID-19 at Würstbar. Würstbar is a small team run by an extremely hardworking and loyal staff. Running the restaurant with only non-exposed employees isn’t an option for us at the moment.”

They continued, “We decided as a team that we would close until every employee exposed or not has been tested and can return to work confident in their safety, and equally as important, our guests’ safety. Thank you to @hdsid_jc and Prestige Health Mobile for getting the entire staff tested so quickly. We look forward to serving you soon.”


The employees at Virile Barber Shop caught wind of the news and decided they should be the ones to step up while the staff quarantines and until they get the all-clear to go back to work. “The weather is too nice out to let our neighbors at Würstbar stay closed!” Andre Fersa, the owner of Virile Barber Shop posted on the restaurant’s Instagram page, “I’ve taken over the bar and am selling PRETZELS, beer, wine and cider for outdoor seating only. Come on by and support this great staff.”

The staff expressed their many thanks as the barbers put down the clippers and picked up trays. 

“A big thank you to the crew at @virile for taking over Würstbar yesterday, that was a blast! We love this community and couldn’t ask for better neighbors,” Würstbar wrote in a social media post.


“Let’s not forget barbershops and salons were hit just as hard as restaurants during the shutdown. With so many people home from the office and big events not happening it’s easy to skip a cut here and there. If you have the means, please get that extra cut and look your best for your Zoom call or socially distanced gathering.”

Moises Mendez II

Written by Moises Mendez II