At least 5 Baton Rouge restaurants approved for more than $1M in Restaurant Revitalization Fund grants

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Restaurants in the Capital City were approved for millions in federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) grants. Here’s which local establishments secured the largest awards.

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux received $5.8 million in RRF grants, more than double that of any other Baton Rouge-based business, according to a newly released report from the Small Business Administration.

The next restaurant to receive more than a million in grant funding was Orion Restaurant Holdings, LLC, which operates a series of local IHOP franchises. Their RRF award totaled just under $2.3 million.

Furthermore, Red Stick Entertainment Concepts LLC, which includes Red Stick Social on Government St., received $2.1 million. Juban’s restaurant on Perkins Rd. received $1.7 million and River City Entertainment Inc. (The Chimes) was awarded nearly $1.2 million.

The only catering company to receive more than a million dollars from the RRF was Drakes Catering, with $1.05 million.

In all, Louisiana businesses received nearly $394 million, more than 20 other states in the country. A total of 1,396 businesses were awarded grants, out of some 4,303 applications, making the average award $282,000. Less than 33% of all applicants in the state were approved.

Rounding out the top ten:

  • Central Buffet Inc, 14350 Wax Rd, $995,000
  • Uncle Earl’s, 3753 Perkins Rd, $881,000
  • Olive or Twist, 2122 Perkins Palm Ave, $734,000
  • Quality Restaurants LLC (Gatti’s Pizza, Mr. Gatti’s Pizza, GattiTown), $681,000

See the full report here.

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