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Restaurant Revitalization Fund application portal opens on Monday, May 3 at 12 p.m. EDT (not just for restaurants)

Restaurant Revitalization Fund application portal opens on Monday, May 3 at 12 p.m. EDT (not just for restaurants)

Who can apply?  Some of the eligible businesses work with the film industry.   Eligible entities who have experienced pandemic-related revenue loss include:

  • •   Restaurants
  • •   Food stands, food trucks, food carts
  • •   Caterers
  • •   Bars, saloons, lounges, taverns
  • •   Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars
  • •   Bakeries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • •   Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • •   Breweries and/or microbreweries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • •   Wineries and distilleries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • •   Inns (onsite sales of food and beverage to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • •   Licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products

SBA will begin accepting applications via the application portal on Monday, May 3 at 12 p.m. EDT. The application portal will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.

In preparation, qualifying applicants should familiarize themselves with the application process in advance to ensure a smooth and efficient application. Follow the steps below.

• Register for an account in advance at restaurants.sba.gov starting Friday, April 30 at 9 a.m. EDT. If you are working with Square or Toast, you do not need to register.

• Review the sample application, updated program guide and cross-program eligibility chart on SBA COVID-19 relief options.

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