Harford County uses CARES Act to support restaurants struggling during pandemic

Adella Miesner

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Harford County officials are using CARES Act money to help some struggling restaurants amid the coronavirus pandemic with $10,000 grants.



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It’s no secret that restaurants all over the greater Baltimore area have been struggling during the pandemic. In Harford County, they are now offering a second round of grants to restaurants to help with things like outdoor seating as winter is right around the corner.

WBAL-TV 11 News has covered some stories of businesses that were struggling like Owings Mills icon CJ’s Crabhouse and The Sunset Restaurant in Anne Arundel County. It is clear restaurants are having a tough time.

“I think they’re going to have to make do with outside tents and somehow heat them and make accommodations to survive,” Harford County Executive Barry Glassman said.

Glassman hopes to stop these tragedies from happening in his county, offering a second round of grants through the CARES Act to the tune of $10,000 each, to help with everything from payrolls, to personal protective equipment, to keeping outdoor dining open as much as possible.

“We’ve already done over 1,000 grants, close to $7 million for our broad small businesses in the county. This is just a little extra shot in the arm for restaurants to get them through what’s going to be probably a tough winter season,” Glassman said.

“I don’t think we’d be in business if we didn’t have access to these grants. These grants are what’s keeping us afloat,” Black Eyed Suzie’s owner Brian Acquavella said.

Acquavella took advantage of the first round of grants and was able to expand his outdoor dining with a tent. He says he will be applying again to help with heating the tent, as well as payroll issues and personal protective equipment because without outdoor dining, it could spell trouble.

“The outdoor seating has definitely been a savior. We can’t lose that people are still reluctant to come inside as much so even though it is 75% the outdoor dining is where we need it to be to continue through the winter,” Acquavella said.

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