Hyattsville launches local restaurant relief fund


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Hyattsville's Municipal Building.

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Hard-hit by the disruptions of the pandemic, Hyattsville restaurants can now apply to get up to $2,000 in pandemic relief funds from the city.

It’s part of the city’s broad Pandemic Relief Fund, established last year to provide residents and businesses with access to cash and other resources to help stay afloat. Under the program, locally-owned full-service restaurants, breweries and distilleries in Hyattsville will be able to use funds from the program to help pay rent, buy protective equipment or take-out containers, or other “pandemic related” expenses.

““Restaurants have been some of the hardest hit businesses during this pandemic, with frequently changing restrictions on occupancy and operating hours,” said Hyattsville’s Director of Community and Economic Development, Jim Chandler, in a statement. “The city prides itself on the diversity of locally owned restaurant destinations and we want to do our part to keep doors open while we continue to fight the virus.”

The application period is open from March 1 through April 30, 2021. Applications can be downloaded here.

Chains, for the most-part, are ineligible for the program, with nationally-affiliated franchises and “corporately operated” restaurants and kiosks prohibited from receiving funds.

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