Updated: December 04, 2020 06:39 PM
Created: December 04, 2020 03:29 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Dirty Bourbon, a bar and dance hall in northeast Albuquerque, has been shut down since March.
Mark Travis, co-owner of Dirty Bourbon, doesn't know when he will be allowed to reopen.
"With the new red, yellow, green guidelines, bars and nightclubs are considered close contact, and we're not even listed on there," he said.
This year, the bar is brining back an old tradition virtually.
"We felt like Santa still needed to be a thing, and wasn't going anywhere just because of COVID," Travis said. "So we have the space and we have stuff from last year, so we thought it would be awesome to do a virtual Santa for kids. They can do a Zoom call and meet Santa Claus from the North Pole."
Ten dollars will get a child five minutes with Santa.
The participants can decide how they want the money is spent. They have the choice of donating it to the Barrett House Foundation, which helps homeless women and children or it can go to help the staff at Dirty Bourbon, Effex Nightclub and the Salt Yard.
"A lot of them, this was their second job in order to make ends meet, so we're raising money for our employees too to help pay bills," Travis said.
Travis and his business partner, Kyle Kinney, have been forced to get creative to pay their own bills.
Kinney started selling commercial real estate, and Travis is consulting for others who are trying to apply for financial assistance.
"It's hard to navigate through," Travis said. "A lot of people don't really know what they're doing."
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