Jacksonville Restaurant hopes to benefit from the restaurant’s aid program

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – According to the White House, 186,200 restaurants, bars and other eligible businesses applied for the program in the first two days after applications were accepted through the restaurant aid program.

The $ 28.6 billion program is set to help restaurants that have lost their business due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Rebecca Winchester is the owner of Toscana Little Italy, a restaurant in the Miramar neighborhood of Jacksonville. She and her husband bought the restaurant back in September 2019.

Little did she know that a pandemic was going to weigh on her business in six months.

“It was devastating, but we’re rolling back,” said Winchester. “We see that it ticks a little more every month.”

Winchester is currently in the process of applying for the newly launched Restaurant Revitalization Fund. She has already gone through two applications of the Paycheck Protection Program to keep her business going.

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“It was a little easier this time, but it’s still difficult to navigate, especially if you don’t have people to help you,” said Winchester. “Sometimes all this paperwork is difficult to get through when you’re trying to run a business and keep it afloat.”

In order to be entitled to the aid money, the business owner must prove that at least 33% of his sales are made with food and beverages. Restaurant and bar owners are also required to file tax returns to show that their business has lost money since 2019.

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