There’s no getting around it – the pandemic has hit the restaurant industry hard. That’s why American Express is funding $ 1 million in grants for historic American restaurants; you can help by nominating her favorite place to share bread.
Restaurants are gathering places where history is made in meaningful ways, small and large, over and over again. They matter. Thats why he Support for small historic restaurants The initiative has been launched in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Because of this program, 25 beloved restaurants across the state will receive $ 40,000 each to help them navigate the pandemic.
Restaurant owners who receive a grant will have the opportunity to improve, update and preserve their physical spaces and online businesses, as well as mitigate existing operating costs.
For example, these companies can rehab historic building exteriors and facades, expand the outdoor dining area, upgrade their take-out and online ordering systems, or establish a stronger online presence. Updates like these are critical to future success in a post-pandemic world.
“For generations, our nation’s oldest and most historic small restaurants have been safe spaces for customers to share food, ideas and their culture. They are at the heart of our neighborhoods, they serve our communities and help promote cultural and social change for those who live there, ”says Colleen Taylor of American Express in a statement.
“Many have stood the test of time, but the pandemic has tested them in ways they could never have imagined. The ‘Support for Small Historic Restaurants’ program will help preserve these spaces not only because of their legacy, but also because of their earned place in the future of our nation. “
As part of the grant program, AT&T Business and Dell Technologies will also collectively offer up to $ 250,000 in products and services to recipients to upgrade their digital business capabilities.
Independent American restaurants may be suggested for consideration at SavingPlaces.org/HistoricRestaurants. There will be a focus on restaurants owned by underrepresented groups that have been hit especially hard by the pandemic. It’s time to start nominating your favorite place.
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