Chicago restaurant owners hope that money from a new round of Illinois Small Business Grants will allow them to remain open even as the epidemic continues to linger.
CHICAGO (WLS) CHICAGO (WLS) The latest round of small-business grants was presented by Gov. JB Pritzker. Chicago proprietors of restaurants hope that the cash will allow them to maintain their business as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread.
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Governor Pritzker stated that the state would accept applications for the second grant round of $250 million on Thursday.
At Bronzeville Wingz, the speciality is 30 sauces. They’ve been in business for the past six months, but the owner Nichole Jackson says it’s not been easy.
“It’s been a struggle, I will say that,” she told reporters.
Jackson hopes that a state grant will permit her to keep the staff she has left without further cuts and eventually keep the business going.
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“The challenges that small businesses are facing in this pandemic are immense,” Governor. Pritzker started when he announced the latest grant program. “Many have not survived. And so what we’re trying to do is save as many as we can to support them in any way we can.”
In Pearl’s Place, the lunchtime favourites are still available, but the crowds at lunch haven’t been the same since COVID-19. The owner Darrell Green said a state grant from the initial round of financial assistance to small-scale businesses had helped him to survive, at least for the moment.
“We have to survive. We are doing our best to live up to that. That’s our goal,” Green said.