September 27, 2021

Otero County nets over $621,000 in Restaurant Revitalization Fund grants

Nine Otero County restaurants received nearly $622,000 in federal COVID-19 relief funding from Restaurant Revitalization Fund grants.

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund was designed by U.S. Congress as part of this year’s American Rescue Plan Act. About $28.6 billion worth of RRF grants were awarded to restaurants, bars and food trucks throughout the nation. Nearly $500 million was awarded to Colorado alone, according to Sen. John Hickenlooper.

Otero County restaurants receiving funding through the RRF include Copper Kitchen, Eagle’s Lanes & Eagle’s Nest, El Azteca Mexican Restaurant, Felisa’s Mexican Food and Lounge and JJ’s Inc. in La Junta. RPF grants were also given to Frontier Diner in Cheraw, Majestyk, Inc. in Manzanola, Tamarack Grill in Fowler and Rocky Ford’s China Kitchen.

No businesses in Crowley or Bent County received RRF grants.

“RRF grants do not need to be repaid and are more flexible than loans under the Paycheck Protection Program, answering a call from restaurant and bar owners for more versatility with relief funds,” according to a news release from Hickenlooper’s office.