Because of this program, 25 much-loved eateries across the States will receive $40,000 each to help them navigate the pandemic.
For example, these businesses can rehabilitate the exteriors of historic buildings and facades, expand outdoor dining, upgrade their takeout and online ordering systems, or establish a stronger online presence. Updates like these are critical for future success in a post-pandemic world.
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“For generations, our nation’s oldest and most historic small restaurants have been safe spaces for customers to share meals, ideas, and their culture. They are at the heart of our neighborhoods, serve our communities, and help advance 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 have never imagined. The ‘Backing Historic Small Restaurants’ program will help preserve these spaces not only for their legacy, but also for their earned place in our nation’s future.”
As part of the grant program, AT&T Business and Dell Technologies will also offer up to $250,000 collectively in products and services to the grantees to upgrade their digital business capabilities.
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Independent U.S. restaurants can be suggested for consideration at SavingPlaces.org/HistoricRestaurants. There’ll be a focus on restaurants owned by underrepresented groups who’ve been especially impacted by the pandemic. Time to start nominating your favorite spot.
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