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"Each restaurant to reopen from a standstill of 30 or 60 or 90 days is going to take tens and tens of thousands of dollars or more, well over $100,000 to open, and we're going to require a significant amount of capital to get back up and running at some point," Cameron Mitchell Restaurants founder and CEO Cameron Mitchell told FOX Business' Cheryl Casone on Monday.
"It's like putting a Band-Aid on a jugular vein; it doesn't really help much," Mitchell explained during "The Claman Countdown." "Plus, we want to keep our people home and safe for their families and try not to help, you know, try to hinder the spread of the coronavirus."
While everyone sits and waits for the government to pass the stimulus package to relieve some of these businesses and to help the American economy, Mitchell admitted he's formulating a relief plan to help his employees.
"We're trying to raise $1 million to help them put some food on the table," Mitchell laid out. "We've got our health benefits taken care of at least through May.
But while he's working on the reopening plan, he's concerned since it's unknown "how far and how deep this is going to get," Mitchell said.
Mitchell said his company was thriving before coronavirus hit
"We had the best start of our year, most profitable start of the year we've ever had," Mitchell recalled. "We had big plans, lots of growth opportunities, and we were excited for our business and our people. And then it just dropped off a cliff."
His company had little choice but to furlough 4,500 employees, some of who have worked for his restaurants for decades.
"It's been a horrific situation," Mitchell said. "And I like to say there's no contingency plan for the unimaginable."