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Foundation Funds Grants to Valley Restaurants

The California Restaurant Foundation has awards grants to 132 single-unit restaurants in L.A. County, including more than 20 in the Valley region.The grants give each restaurateur up to $3,500 as part of the organization’s Restaurants Care Resilience Fund. Local recipients include Vino Wine & Tapas Room in Encino, AJ Noodles in Glendale, Siri Thai Cuisine in Burbank and more than a dozen others.To qualify, the restaurants had to be a single unit, employ fewer than 50 staff members, be currently open and have experienced a revenue loss of at least 20 percent from 2019-2020.In March, the foundation partnered with corporate sponsors Pacific Gas & Electric Co., SoCalGas and San Diego Gas & Electric to launch the Resilience Fund. The companies collectively donated $1.25 million to fund grants up to $3,500 for small restaurants, with a portion of the donations going to the foundation’s hardship fund for food and beverage workers facing unforeseen crisis.

Wells Fargo donated an additional $250,000 to provide year-long support services to the grant recipients.Statewide the foundation bestowed 318 grants.

Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert
Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert
Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert is a Los Angeles-based reporter covering retail, hospitality and philanthropy for the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. In addition to her current beat, she is particularly interested in criminal justice topics, health and science stories and investigative journalism. She received her AA in Humanities from Moorpark College in 2016, her BA in Communication from Cal Lutheran University in 2019 and followed it up with a MA in Specialized Journalism from USC in the summer of 2020. Through her work, Katherine aspires to help strengthen the fragile trust between members of the media and the public.

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