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The birth of his daughter should have been a joyous time for Brooklyn bar owner Jonathan Ehrlich — instead, it was nearly the beginning of the end for his beloved watering hole.
"I had quite the f—ing roller coaster," he told The Post.
Molly was born in March 2020, just four days after Gov. Cuomo shut down indoor dining due to COVID-19, closing Ehrlich’s Jackbar in Williamsburg in the process.
That’s when Ehrlich, like 24 other New York City businesses, sought help from an unlikely source: Barstool Sports, more known for Twitter snark and viral videos than philanthropy.
Barstool has now given nearly $40 million to almost 400 businesses across the country, after founder Dave Portnoy launched the financial support for small business owners in December.
"With the pandemic, it was tough to see places where the owners had done everything right, and they had decades and decades of hard work ripped from their hands," Portnoy told The Post.
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Instead of giving a lump sum, the Barstool fund offers monthly payments, to ensure businesses get continued support. Businesses aren’t supposed to reveal what they received, but got anywhere from $5,000 to $60,000 in total.
"We didn’t want to give these places a one-time check and have them be in the same spot four months later," he said. "We’ve reached back out to ask what they need to keep the lights on so they can be around when the pandemic starts to go away."