The federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund recently has had an impact locally on Logan County restaurants and other food establishments.
Across Central Ohio, at least 535 businesses were able to receive grant money to help with keeping doors open and operations running smoothly after the effects of the global pandemic on small and large businesses alike.
On average, recipients of the fund were able to receive roughly $244,000 in aid, and more than $130 million was distributed to the area overall.
A total of $180,661.50 in grant money was received by China Grill Buffet, 2087 S. Main St., Suite 2, in Bellefontaine, while other restaurants in the city — Homecoming Family Restaurant, 1330 N. Main St., and Whit’s Frozen Custard, 112 S. Main St., Suite 2, — received $114,800 and $28,100, respectively.
Other local restaurants and food establishments were able to receive aid from the federal fund, such as the Dairy Corner, 101 W. Buckeye St., Belle Center ($98,400); Froggy’s at the Lake, 11065 County Road 293, Lakeview ($139,900), The Landing Tavern, 235 E. Main St., Russells Point ($282,600), and the Flying Pepper food truck, 305 Linden St., West Liberty ($25,500).
With the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, there are four new state level grant programs that local businesses are encouraged to apply to.
Restaurants, entertainment, and lodging businesses are able to apply for up to $30,000 in aid, while businesses of any kind that were started in 2020 can apply for up to $10,000 through the programs.
More information on these programs can be found at businesshelp.ohio.gov.