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Bars, breweries, restaurants and wineries eligible for US Small Business COVID-19 relief funding

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Restaurants like Salty at the Beach at the Santa Barbara Harbor are hoping for a spike when the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has its nearby drive-in movies March 31 - April 10. (Photo: John Palminteri)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — On Monday, the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) started taking applications for their Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

The program provides emergency assistance to eligible bars, restaurants and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Eligible businesses 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

The program will provide restaurants with funding of up to $10 million per business and up to $5 million per location. The relief money must be used no later than March 11, 2023.

According to the SBA, “The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open."

Jacqueline Inda is one of the co-presidents of the Greater Santa Barbara Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GSBHCC). She said her chamber will host a workshop for local businesses Thursday morning. For more information about the workshop, call the GSBHCC at 805-699-5207.

To apply for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, visit the SBA’s website.

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