Dustin Jones and Justin Sutherby worked together for years.
Those ties ended Sunday night when life as they knew it changed for the worse.
The two buddies had been at the beach when they started getting calls and text messages about the fire at .
“They were telling us about our work burning down, so we immediately left where we were to come here to see how it was,” Jones said, shaking his head as he watched . “We wanted to see how bad it was and now apparently, it’s gone.”
Jones, who bussed and bar backed for three years at LTB’s, said it was hard standing only feet away watching the job he loved–and depended on–go up in smoke.
“It makes you sad,” he said. “There’s not a lot of people who work there, so it’s like a family. It’s a really small place and it’s what pays our bills. It’s our job.”
Sutherby cooked at the bar for six years.
“It’s ridiculous,” he said. “I can’t believe this happened. Now we’re all out of a job.”
Some Downriver businesses are stepping up, however, and are offering preferential hiring to those who lost their jobs at LTB’s.
- Chesley's Bar and Grille, 3717 Fort St., Lincoln Park
“So many people impacted,” the business posted on its Facebook page. “Hope recovery efforts are swift. We have staff who want vacation time and can use some fill ins.”
- , 3455 Biddle, Wyandotte
"Our condolences to all everyone involved with LTBs," the business posted on its Facebook page. "We support our fellow Wyandotte employees, so stop in and see us. We are looking for fill-ins for bartenders, servers, and cooks!"
- Vito's Pizzeria, 3962 Fort St., Lincoln Park
"Attention LTBs staff or anyone with experience in these positions; we are hiring for waitstaff, bartenders, and cooks," an employee posted on Facebook. "Please stop in and apply."
Do you know of another business offering work for displaced LTB's employees? If so, you can post the details in the comments below or email the information to Wyandotte Patch Editor Jason Alley at firstname.lastname@example.org.