When mass layoffs touched his town in general and his regular customers in particular, Mike Jacobs took action. Jacobs, a single-unit franchisee of Tampa, Fla.-based Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, created “Pink Slip Paybacks” to help patrons of his “family sports pub” in Sunrise, Fla., who had been downsized. Through March 15, any customer can make a reservation for a free meal if they present their letter of termination. Friends and family members dining with their laid-off loved ones ...

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