Local restaurants get a helping hand with grant

Chicken King on Fulton Street in downtown Fresno is among 356 restaurants to receive the second round of the Restaurant Resilience Fund. Photo contributed

published on June 7, 2022 – 11:49
Written by the staff of The Business Journal

Local restaurants serving everything from ramen to burgers are among recipients of $1.5 million in grants and support from the California Restaurant Foundation.

This is the second year the Restaurants Care Resilience Fund has supported restaurants across the state as they face the toughest business conditions in recent memory.

Along with partners SoCalGas, Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric and Wells Fargo, the California Restaurant Foundation awarded $3,000 in grants to 356 independent restaurants in California in this latest round. The money can be used to upgrade equipment and pay for employee retention bonuses, according to a news release.

In addition to cash, winners also receive a year of business support services.

“We are proud to support the California Restaurant Foundation for a second consecutive year to expand and secure the one-year business support services provided to all Resilience Fund recipients,” said Jim Foley, vice president. executive of the Pacific region of Wells Fargo. “In order to create a sustainable, vibrant and diverse culinary community, it is important to ensure that independent restaurateurs are set up for long-term success. The goal of our support services is to help the industry recover by equipping restaurateurs with the knowledge and tools they need to thrive for years to come.

Local winners include:

BooBoo Bean, Fresno

Brothers Ramen and Japanese Restaurant, Fresno

Fusion Korean Bulldoc, Fresno

Chicken King, Fresno

Collect Coffee Bar, Fresno

Kocky’s Bar and Grill, Fresno

The Aperitif Bistro Fusion, Fresno

Las Mananitas, Fresno

Mah’s Teriyaki Express, Clovis

Melange Restaurants

The Railroad Depot, Fresno

Blendz Tower, Fresno

Ice Wonders, Fresno

Idle Hour Winery & Kitchen, Oakhurst

La Fiesta Burgers, Visalia

Mariscos El Camaron Borracho, Tulare

Of the 356 grant recipients, 162 restaurants are in SoCalGas’ coverage area and 144 are in PG&E. Some 72% of winners are women restaurateurs and 83% identify as people of color. The average length of operation is 9.7 years, with nearly 80 restaurants in operation for over two decades. To be eligible, restaurants had to have no more than three units and not exceed $3 million in revenue.

To see a full list of grant recipients in your area, please visit restaurantscare.org/resilience.

Gladys T. Hensley