Tuesday, July 06, 2021

One year in, COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact independent restaurants


 By Ron Ruggless | Mar 15, 2021


Independent restaurants were especially hard-hit during the past year of COVID-19.


As many as 110,000 restaurants have closed since the pandemic was declared, according to the National Restaurant Association, and foodservice sales have fallen $255 billion in the year since.


President Joe Biden signed a $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund, part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, to help eateries — especially those independently owned — across the nation.


The revitalization fund comes at a crucial time, as restaurants have had to make investments in technology and delivery to accommodate consumers’ caution in the pandemic.