When an October fire in the backroom of El Moro Spirits & Tavern in October caused the popular downtown Durango restaurant and bar to close indefinitely, more than 40 employees feared they were out of a job.
“We really didn’t know when it would open again,” said Sarah Moxam, who has worked at El Moro since its opening 3½ years ago.
But those concerns didn’t last long. The restaurant’s management soon announced it would continue to pay its staff throughout the closure, at the same time encouraging them to find a cause they hold important and volunteer in the community.
“We impressed upon them that the community here has embraced us since we opened our doors, so it only makes sense to have some reciprocity there in terms of giving back to the local nonprofits,” said general manager David Woodruff.
Now, more than four months since a water heater in the rear of the …