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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — When Danny Sumrall heard Cafe Piazza shut down on Saturday because its workers had the flu, he thought it was time to spread the word and let restaurant workers know they can get flu shots for free.

“All that they were required to do was show a check stub or proof that they worked at a restaurant and you got the flu shot for nothing,” Sumrall, who owns The Half Shell and oversees the Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association, said.

The free flu shots are made possible by a group called Serving Memphis and the Memphis Restaurant Association.

The groups raise money each year and make it their mission to “Serve those who serve you.”

“We’ve given away thousands of shots already and we’re prepared to give away more. We’re trying to make sure that we’re at least trying to be ahead of the curb instead of behind it,” Sumrall said.

The sign on the front door of Cafe Piazza now reads: “Yes. We’re open.”

The owner said workers are feeling a lot better and are no longer under the weather.

“If I don’t stay healthy, I don’t make money,” Shannon White, and employee at The Half Shell, said. “Plain and simple. I don’t make money and I like money.”

White got her shot at a local Walgreen’s, but organizers said any restaurant employee can take their pay stubs to any Memphis-area Walgreen’s to get a vaccine.

Managers at Cafe Piazza told WREG many of their workers received flu shots, but the strain going around is what knocked them off of their feet.

For more information on how to receive a free flu shot, visit