The Kent Commissioners fanned out in different parts of the county Thursday to deliver checks totaling $338,000 to help restaurants stay afloat heading into a winter of uncertainty as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on.
The money came from a $238,000 grant from Maryland’s Rainy Day Fund authorized by Gov. Larry Hogan, and $100,000 came from the county’s Coronavirus Relief Fund.
Commissioner Bob Jacob stopped in at Luisa’s, the Kitchen at the Imperial and 98 Cannon to deliver checks on behalf of all the commissioners and Governor Larry Hogan.
“Thank you very much for this,” said Steve Quigg, owner of the Kitchen at the Imperial. “This grant and the other help we’ve received from the county, state and the Small Business Administration are what keep this restaurant and our 19 employees going right now in this difficult time.”
Chris Golder, Executive Chef at 98 Cannon said the money will help with expenses to ensure social distancing with seating on the deck.
“We spent a good amount of money to heat up the patio,” he said. “This is going to help make people feel more comfortable sitting outside. It will help pay some bills.”
Luisa’s co-owners Mimmo Fevola and Vinny Assante said the money comes in time to help get their restaurant through the holidays during the pandemic.
“We appreciate the county commissioners and the governor reaching out to help us during these hard times,” Assante said.
The commissioners voted unanimously on Dec. 3 to move the funds that had to be spent by Dec. 31 or refund it to the state. Grants ranged from $2,500 to $10,000.
The commissioners have lauded the efforts of Kent County Economic Development Director Jamie Williams for organizing the relief effort quickly.