Restaurants on E. 4th Street hopeful after Cuyahoga County announces relief plan

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded from The Restaurant Stabilization Fund

Restaurants on E. 4th Street hopeful after Cuyahoga County announces relief plan

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Things are looking up for local restaurants owners now that Cuyahoga County announced $1.2 million of CARES Act funding will be set aside for a Restaurant Stabilization Fund.

The county announced the fund in a Friday health briefing.

County Executive Armond Budish said the county is trying to bring relief to businesses and restaurants still impacted by the pandemic.

Restaurants can apply for grants up to $10,000.

“For those of us who’ve lost lives and businesses, those months have been devastating,” Budish said in the Friday briefing.

Restaurant worker Will Cuneo told 19 News the fund sounds like a solid start, but he hopes there are more solutions in the works.

“I’m glad there’s some action on the local level but I’d love to see some action on the federal level as well,” he said.

Cuneo is employed at Citizen Pie on E. Fourth Street.

“Obviously I’m not an economist,” Cuneo said. “But I would wager that this isn’t enough given the amount of struggle we’ve seen and the length of time we expect this go on.”

Cuneo also told 19 News he’s concerned about the timeline. For many restaurants, this could be a close call.

“We’re going to be seeing the effects of this long after the immunity to the virus is widespread, the economic effects are going to be huge,” he said. “The prospect of that happening for another four, five, six, months while the vaccinations get rolled out, is really troubling,” said Cuneo.

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