Popular Hot Springs restaurant closes because of flu among staff

The owner of Will's Cinnamon Shop said he doesn't mind losing business if he can help stop the spread of the flu.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) — The flu epidemic is hitting homes, hallways and businesses. 

Will's Cinnamon Shop in Hot Springs couldn't open Wednesday morning because so many if it's workers are out sick.

The shop's owner, William Byrd, said a total of four people are out sick.

“It hit last week," Byrd said. "One of our dishwashers and busboys got it and then over the weekend it hit one person and that was a confirmed flu case."

He said people are dropping like flies. 

“It was better just to shut it down today and let everyone get better,” Byrd said. 

He said closing for the day also gave him a chance to deep clean the store, to hopefully prevent future flu cases.

“I came up here for about an hour and I was Lysol wiping every chair, handle, everything I could. I went crazy,” he said. 

Byrd said as an employer, he encourages his workers to take their sick days because that's what they're there for.

“I'm not impressed if you come to work sick because I don't want to get it and no one else does, I don't want to give it to our customers either,” he said. 

Byrd said he hopes to open back up Thursday morning. But he will wait to make the call. 

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