The hilarious actor leads a relief effort in Salt Lake City to raise money for unemployed bar and restaurant workers.
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Ty Burrell not only plays an extremely kind human being on television, he's one in real life.
The actor, known for his Emmy-winning role Phil Dunphy in Modern Family , also owns a restaurant / bar in Salt Lake City, and recently joined Mayor Erin Mendenhall and the Downtown Alliance to launch a relief effort to help workers in the food and beverage industry.
Called Tip Your Server , the program will provide $ 2,000 grants to employees of any Salt Lake City restaurant or bar who have been laid off due to closings. Burrell and his wife Holly are co-owners of Bar X and Beer Bar , and they started with a contribution of $ 100,000.
In an upcoming special episode of the 's Get a Real Job podcast, Ty explains why he was drawn to the bar and restaurant business, his connection to Salt Lake City, and his love for the New York Mets . Here are some highlights from our conversation.
The Tip Your Server program
“Salt Lake City is the place my wife, daughters, and I call home, and it has been hit twice. In the midst of this pandemic, they have been hit by multiple earthquakes. The restaurants that were attacked by COVID-19 have been able to stay alive with takeaways but some restaurants had to close due to structural problems due to earthquakes. So we are trying to see if the people with the means could help some of the unemployed restaurant workers ”
What attracted you to beers
“I think in 2008 one of our chief owners Jeff Bernard came up to us and said, 'You know, the liquor laws are changing and Salt Lake City doesn't have a proper craft cocktail bar.' It seems like it would be kind of fun for everyone. us and also a good opportunity. And the further we go down that path, the more excited we become about it. My brother and his operating partner, Richard, trained at a high-level location in Seattle. The more we learned from the industry, the more we realized it's really a great business that brings people together. And Salt Lake City is a really interesting place. I don't want to sell it too much because we don't want a lot of people to move here! But it's a very progressive city in Utah and we love”.
Sometimes you need a backup plan, and sometimes you don't
“There was a point before Modern Family, probably when I was about 39, and you know, as an aspiring actor, you're dealing with a failure rate of about 98 or 99 percent. It was really tough. You go three or four times to the week to auditions and you have one failure after another. I was already turning 40 and I was thinking, 'I don't think this is sustainable.' Some people are mentally strong enough to withstand continued failures, but I started to feel like I was not a of them. So my wife and I sat down and thought about things I could do instead of act. But after an hour we couldn't think of anything. We ended up thinking that maybe I could try to teach, and soon after, during What I thought was going to be my last chance, I was hired at Modern Family and it changed my life. ”
Life, Baseball, and the Mets
“I'm an obsessive baseball fan. I'm a huge Mets fan. And to help me cope with failure, I learned to take a hitter approach. When they fail they don't collapse, they go back to studying their techniques and basically trying to Work it out, use their basics to hit a good shot. Just approach each at-bat as something new, not a continuation of previous strikeouts. So I see it: go back and start hitting again. Just go back to the batting box. And by the way, when we go back to the season, this is the year of the Mets. My brother has accused me of being overly optimistic, but I really think we are going to win it all! ”