Pres. Joe Biden visited an immigrant-owned Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C., announcing to the taqueria the amount of their grant through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which provides relief for restaurants hit hard by the pandemic. https://t.co/9BdXae5qsl pic.twitter.com/kfMDGU6QD7
— ABC News (@ABC) May 5, 2021
Give the man credit, he loves being a politician, in the best old-fashioned sense. From AP, “Biden touts $28.6B restaurant relief program, orders tacos”:
Setting foot in a restaurant for his first time as president, Joe Biden made a Cinco de Mayo taco and enchilada run to highlight his administration’s $28.6 billion program to help eateries that lost business because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The president went to Taqueria Las Gemelas in Washington on Wednesday and ordered lunch. The restaurant, owned in part by Mexican immigrants, was a beneficiary of a pilot version of the restaurant relief program. It went from 55 employees to seven during the pandemic, though it was able to rehire some workers through the Paycheck Protection Program that predates the Biden administration…
The White House said that 186,200 restaurants, bars and other eligible businesses had applied for the program over its first two days of accepting applications. More than half of the applicants are owned by women, veterans or people from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. The aid for eateries was part of the Biden administration’s broader $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.
The coronavirus outbreak was especially brutal for restaurants. America lost nearly 2,700 dining establishments through last summer, according to the Labor Department. About 1.8 million food service jobs also have been lost, though the sector has been gradually returning jobs since last May…
Under the Biden relief program, which started accepting applications on Monday, restaurants and bars can qualify for grants equal to their pandemic-related revenue losses, with a cap of $10 million per business and $5 million per location.
The program has set aside $9.5 billion for the smallest restaurants and bars, and a third of the applications were filed by businesses with annual pre-pandemic revenues of less than $500,000. For the program’s first 21 days, applications from women, veterans and socially and economically disadvantaged people will have priority for being reviewed and funded…
Or, as the sad Breitbart luzers see it:
Restaurants owned by white men will be last in line for federal relief under President Joe Biden's "Restaurants Revitalization Fund." https://t.co/s8kKcSTP4V
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) May 5, 2021
186,200 restaurants, bars and eligible businesses applied for help from a $28.6 bil federal aid program in the first two days it accepted applications.
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund was created by Democrats as part of the relief bill passed in March. https://t.co/6QKhTKVRMP
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 5, 2021