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10 Queens Restaurants Receive Grants to Help Cover the Cost of Winterizing Their Outdoor Dining Setups

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Nov. 25, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Ten Queens restaurants have received grants to help cover the cost of setting up their outdoor dining areas for winter weather.

The eateries each won $5,000 to winterize their outdoor seating areas from the food delivery service DoorDash in partnership with the non-profit NYC Hospitality Alliance. The money can be used to buy heaters and various outdoor furnishings.

The 10 Queens establishments are among 100 citywide to receive the DoorDash “winterization” grants.

The Queens restaurants that won the grant money are:

Pink Nori, at 36-06 30th Ave. in Astoria

Djerdan Burek Astoria, at 34-04 31st Ave. in Astoria

Fresco’s Cantina, at 12-14 31st Ave. in Astoria

Vite Vinosteria, at 31-05 34th St. in Astoria

Macoletta Brick Oven Pizzeria, at 28-15 24th Ave. in Long Island City

Levante, at 26-21 Jackson Ave. in Long Island City

Makina Cafe, at 36-47 30th St. in Long Island City

Nine Thai, at 110-70 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills

Ganda Sushi Express, at 80-08 Surrey Pl. in Jamaica Estates

Little Saigon Cuisine, at 25309 Northern Blvd. in Little Neck

The restaurants competed for the grants and the winners were selected based on their financial need and ties to their respective community.

Restaurant owners had to apply for grant by Oct. 16 and meet a number of requirements — including having no more than three locations, employing 50 or fewer employees and earning $3 million or less in 2019 annual revenue per location.

The winterization grants are part of a larger effort by DoorDash to help local restaurants across the country keep afloat during the pandemic.

The NYC Hospitality Alliance, a nonprofit association that represents restaurants and bars, applauded DoorDash for its partnership.

“We thank DoorDash for their partnership in supporting restaurants and working to ensure that our industry can keep moving forward through this pandemic during the cooler months,” said Andrew Rigie, Executive Director of NYC Hospitality Alliance.

“The Open Restaurants program has been a critical lifeline to thousands of small businesses, and giving grants to restaurants to help them weatherize their outdoor dining setups and operate safely indoors will help many restaurants continue to serve their communities during the fall and winter.”

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Dan the Man

Okay, now we ” taxpayers/ deplorables/ US citizens ” whatever you want to use to describe us are not bailing out restaurants. I really do not get it, I remember as a young child and also not to long ago, that not all restaurants make it and a lot go out of business. It seems now that everyone who opens a business has to succeed. Also what exactly were these restaurants giving back to the community when they were doing well ? Did they ever say ” he we really making lot of profits , why do not we lower our prices? ” If they did I missed it. PS I know it is Trump’s fault.

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Doug jr

Sooooo tax payer dollars going towards turning outdoor dining into indoor dining….. interesting

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Doug

So outdoor dining is now enclosed and not considered indoor dining, got it. 🤔 Stupidest people in america are in office positions

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Anonymous

Actually you are quite wrong. The stupidest people in America are the ones voting for these morons, and the ones that believe every idiotic thing they say.

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