Part of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund gave $28.6 billion in grants — not loans — to food and beverage businesses to help make up their losses in 2020.
Slightly more than a third of the 278,000 eligible businesses who applied for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund received money.
The program initially gave priority to restaurants owned by minorities, women or veterans. But weeks after launching, federal court rulings in Texas and Tennessee said the government cannot allocate limited coronavirus relief funds based on race and sex.
The Small Business Administration, a federal entity that disbursed the loans, has published a database of recipients online; we have simplified the data to make it easier to navigate.
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The Restaurant Revitalization Fund was the second major federal program that provided funds to restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other funds were awarded through the $669 billion Paycheck Protection Program in 2020.
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?
- Allowed uses Restaurant Revitalization Fund money includes business and construction expenses and business debt. For example:
- Business payroll costs (including sick leave)
- Business utility payments
- Business maintenance expenses
- Business supplies (including protective equipment and cleaning materials)
- Business food and beverage expenses (including raw materials)
- Covered supplier costs
- Business operating expenses (insurance, marketing, fees, licenses, legal, POS equipment, etc.)
- Construction of outdoor seating
- Payments on any business mortgage obligation (both principal and interest) — not including any prepayment of principal or interest
- Business debt service (both principal and interest) — not including any prepayment of principal or interest
This includes reporting from Joey Garrison, USA Today.