Aurora Restaurants Receive More Than $750K From City

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AURORA, IL — The City of Aurora awarded more than $750,000 to local restaurants as part of its continued commitment to helping local businesses recover from COVID-19, officials announced Sunday.

To date, almost 200 businesses throughout Aurora have received grants from the city totaling more than $2 million in direct cash assistance, according to city officials. That includes $927,000 from the CERF Fund, $883,000 from the STABLE Fund and $192,000 — and growing — from Finish Line and Re-Start Retention Grant Programs.

Of the funds, $765,320.25 went directly to the restaurant sector, with 60 percent supporting restaurants in downtown Aurora, officials said.

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“Although the vast majority of our restaurants are on the upward road to recovery, and several new restaurants have opened amid the pandemic, the unfortunate reality is that a handful of restaurants have closed or significantly changed their service model,” officials said in a news release.

A list of how much each restaurant received can be found on the city’s Facebook page.

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“As requests come in from local businesses for the Finish Line and Re-Start Retention Grant Programs, the City will continue to operate with keen dedication and diligence to help Aurora small businesses – the backbone of our business community,” officials said.


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