Black-owned eating places in Colorado are handing out reward playing cards as a part of a brand new scholarship program
Twenty black-owned restaurants in Colorado will soon receive grants to motivate repeat customers through the pandemic with hundreds of $ 25 gift cards.
The Colorado Restaurant Association announced on Wednesday the one-time scholarship program, which will receive applications through March 5th.
Restaurants with at least one black owner are considered, but only 20 businesses receive the $ 1,000 grant. With the money they have to give 40 customers at each establishment gift cards valued at $ 25.
“It’s a win-win situation,” said Laura Shunk, president of the Colorado Restaurant Foundation. “Support your favorite black-owned restaurant or try it in a new location and receive a gift card for coming back.”
Similar programs were launched across Colorado during the pandemic. Aspen residents who qualified for a grocery tax refund were given $ 25 gift cards last summer to use in restaurants and retail stores across town.
The new Ozo Good Relief Worker Fund, however, only targets black-owned companies. Studies over the course of the pandemic have shown that black and Latin American communities in the United States are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, both medically and economically.
“Black-owned independent restaurants have big problems following the COVID-19 crisis,” said Darcey Macken, CEO of Planterra Foods. “Planterra Foods believes these restaurants are an important part of our communities and wants to make sure they survive.”
Longtime restaurateur Randall Borne from Denver reopened his Randall’s restaurant last month after its last shutdown of 2 1/2 years.
This is the fourth time since 2007 that Borne has opened its Cajun shop. He previously ran Marion’s Lounge, Randall’s at Pierre’s, and Randall’s New Climax, but a series of coercive measures eventually moved him to York Street, which Borne attributes to gentrification.
Borne says it has not received any local or federal funding for the pandemic due to the timing of its last opening. He would likely apply for this scholarship program, he said, although most of Randall’s clients are already returning.
“We have a pretty good customer base,” said Borne. Even so, a $ 25 gift card would be high on Randall’s menu.
Customers can order a pair of large gumbos or three sandwiches – such as tilapia, catfish, and hot links. The most popular choices would be a few orders of wings, which are breaded or honey hot for $ 10 and include a side like red beans and rice, lobster etouffee, or cabbage.
Once restaurants are selected, companies should give their customers gift cards in March, according to the restaurant association.
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