Good news for Miami Dade restaurants that have been suffering through closures during the COVID 19 pandemic. Yesterday Miami-Dade commissioners approved giving $35 million in federal aid to restaurants and their staff, including $500 checks for laid-off workers.
The program will be available to restaurants of 50 or fewer employees and $10 million or less in annual revenue. According to officials, if any money is left over, the program will open up to restaurants of up to 75 employees and $15 million in revenue.
The part of this program intended to help the restaurants is being administered by the Miami-Dade County Small Business Division of the Internal Services Department. It plans to reimburse restaurants for personal protection equipment, up to 80 percent of rent and 50 percent for food and utilities.
The The part of this program intended to help employees is being run by FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and the South Beach Wine & Food Festival with a $5 million fund.
You can already apply for the existing Hospitality Industry Relief Fund which is offering up to $500 to laid off or furloughed staff, up to $15,000 per restaurant.