The Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association gathered with Sahm’s Hospitality Group at Half Liter BBQ & Beer Hall on Thursday to call on Indiana Senators Mike Braun, Todd Young and the US Congress to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF).
The fund originally had more than $28 billion in it but the money was fully allocated before nearly 60% of restaurants were able to receive the funds they were approved for.
Sahm’s was one of many restaurants that never received anything due to the fund running out.
”We need a little help and we were told we were going to get it and that’s the hardest part, you know?” Eddie Sahm, the Vice President and COO of Sahm’s Hospitality Group, told Fox59. ”If we don’t get the funds which we were told we were going to get, we have to make changes.”
While restaurant business has improved, the omicron variant surges COVID cases over the last couple months, effectively slowing business across the country.
The National Restaurant Association reports that, “81% of restaurants expensive decline customer demand for indoor on premise dining in recent weeks as a result of the increase in coronavirus cases due to the omicron variant.”
Restaurant owners are calling on Congress to add $60 billion to the fund.