Uno Pizzeria & Grill is giving its general managers two roundtrip airline tickets to any destination within the United States as a thank-you for persevering through the extraordinary conditions of the last 16 months.
Other restaurant-level management personnel will get gratuities in the form of travel vouchers and other perks, the 90-unit chain disclosed Thursday.
In recent months, a number of restaurant chains have provided bonuses and other perks to employees as both a way of thanking them for their service during the pandemic and to give them another reason for remaining in their current job.
The Whataburger quick-service burger chain, for instance, announced in March that it had earmarked $90 million in thank-you bonuses for employees who worked during the coronavirus crisis. The operation also announced at that time that it was sweetening its bonus program for general managers in a quest to raise their annual pay above $100,000.
Uno has provided employees with a number of perks and services. Employees were paid a $50 reward for getting vaccinated against COVID-19, and the chain established a “concierge service” to help workers set up appointments at vaccination clinics.
Management said the giveaway of airline tickets is intended to provide general managers with a chance to rest and spend time with their families after a trying year. The trips must be taken during the remainder of 2021, and the managers are being encouraged to post pictures from their excursions on a special website.
Uno owns or franchises 90 pizzerias in 18 states, the District of Columbia, Saudi Arabia and India.