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Taste of Cincinnati All Winter Long is a new program facilitated through the city and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Foundation that will provide $4 million in grants to Cincinnati bars and restaurants to help them through the winter months of the pandemic.
Specifically geared to those food and drink establishments within city limits, the initiative is giving away $5,000 or $10,000 stimulus packages to “sustain the city’s restaurant economy and retain jobs in the service industry throughout the 2020-2021 winter season,” per a release.
“Restaurants, bars, and breweries are the soul of our city and the highlight of many of our neighborhoods,” said Mayor John Cranley. “As the cold weather settles in, it is critically important for the restaurant and bar industry to have access to the resources they need to winterize their establishments and maintain business operations when going out is not as popular. I am grateful to the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, our City administration, and the citizens of Cincinnati for embracing a creative way to support the restaurant and bar community through the upcoming winter season.”
Applications are now open at TasteofCincinnati.com. The deadline to apply is Nov. 15.
And if you want to learn more about the program or application process, you can register for a virtual Q&A (at TasteofCincinnati.com), which takes place at 3 p.m. Nov. 9.
“Taste of Cincinnati All Winter Long is a fantastic program that will help hundreds of restaurants in the City of Cincinnati stay open and serve their customers,” said Britney Ruby Miller, CEO of Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment, in the release. “We’re encouraging restaurants in the city to apply for this grant money and to come up with creative promotions that help drive customer traffic throughout the winter months.”
In order to qualify for a grant, you:
- Must have a brick-and-mortar location physically located within the City of Cincinnati.
- Must offer a food or beverage discount to patrons, such as gift card discounts, buy-one-get-one offers, free items with the purchase of another item, or percentage discounts.
- Must not be a chain restaurant.
Full-service restaurants are eligible for the $10,000 grants and limited-service eateries and bars can apply for the $5,000. Get details at TasteofCincinnati.com.