4 the RGV: The Quarter helps local musicians pay it forward

Local News
February 07 2021 06:00 pm

MCALLEN, Texas (KVEO) — The New Orleans style kitchen has been serving drinks and gumbo for the last six years in McAllen.

The Quarter is named after the famous French Quarter in Louisiana, and they are well known for their daily live music with local musicians.

Owner of The Quarter, Manny Ruiz says the pandemic has not only hit his employees but his musicians too.

“They too have been suffering, because there is nobody open so there is no gigs for them to play,” said Ruiz.

Ruiz decided to help local musicians as well as laid off restaurant workers with a free weekly meal.

“We still care about them they are not forgotten, and just that they are appreciated for what they are going through,” said Ruiz.

The restaurant that usually is packed for brunch, is still only doing curbside.

According to Ruiz, the decision to keep the doors closed is in the best interests of both his employees and customers.

“I think the right decision is when I can guarantee, the employee safety and I can guarantee the safety of the community,” said Ruiz.

The local musicians receiving help from The Quarter decided to pay it forward, by creating a song fitting for the time the entire world is currently living in.

“We took a song that I wrote, called fire and we created the ‘We Are One’ project,” said Ram Danesse, a local musician.

Danesse who has spent much of his days inside the quarter says he has relied on online performances to keep him and his family going.

“Because we are self-employed, there is special protocol and procedures we have to go through. I have been unable to receive those benefits like most of my musician friends as well,” said Danesse.

Danesse says the struggle has only pushed him and others forward

“As much as we need the help, we know others need help, just as much if not more,” said Danesse.

The We Are One project is selling t-shirts and the proceeds will be going to the RGV food bank.

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