Seven Hills Hospitality Group, the owner of local favorites Liberty Bar and Restaurant, El Cocinero, The Hawthorn, and Bar 1903, got the largest check of more than a million dollars, followed by Vale Food Company, Kiku Japanese Fusion and the Village Inn.
The $28.6 billion RFF fund was created in President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan signed into law in March. It was quickly exhausted by high demand and the program ended in July.
The program provided grants for 101,000 restaurants nationwide – representing about one-third of the 278,000 eligible applications received by the SBA. The SBA received thousands more applications that were not deemed eligible.
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The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) provided funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provided restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.
Here is where you can look up which restaurants got the help and how much money each received.
How can restaurants use Restaurant Revitalization Fund money?
- Payroll (not including wages used for the Employee Retention Credit (ERC))
- Principal or interest on mortgage obligations
- Maintenance, including construction to accommodate outdoor seating
- Personal protective equipment, supplies and cleaning materials
- Normal food and beverage inventory
- Certain covered operational expenses
- Paid sick leave