Local restaurant owners react to bill being considered by Congress

SALISBURY, Md. – Congress is considering a bill that would provide restaurants nationwide with a $120 billion dollar grant program to give restaurants financial relief through 2020. It’s call the US Restaurant Act of 2020 – and local restaurant owners say that it would be a huge help.

If the bill is passed, it would provide restaurants with money to help protect their employees’ paychecks. It would also help to pay for food, rent, and the utilities that keep restaurants’ lights on and grills fired up. Owner of Olde Towne Deli Vicente Hernandez says that he thinks a bill like this could be a saving grace for many restaurants – especially after seeing what federal assistance has done for individuals. “I think it’s an excellent idea. I mean we saw the impact of the stimulus check when that went out. It was helping families pay rent, pay for groceries. So any help at all is definitely beneficial,” said Hernandez.

If the bill is passed – it would be administered through the Treasury Department. If a restaurant were to receive the funds and then have to close permanently – they would have to return any unspent money to the government

Owner of Mango’s and Heidaway in Bethany Beach Alex Heidenberger says that many restaurants are at risk if they don’t get federal help like this. Heidenberger says this help is especially needed now – after restaurants have had to drastically change their day to day operations and navigate the phases of reopening.

To read the bill proposal – you can click here.

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