DENVER — For the primary time in over a yr, Shannon Hardenbrook appears like she’s lastly on extra steady floor.
“I used to be capable of convey again staff and really begin paying individuals once more as an alternative of asking my household to volunteer,” mentioned Hardenbrook, proprietor of The Mac Shack, a connoisseur mac and cheese meals truck with a brick and mortar location.
She’s operated the enterprise for 4 years. In the course of the pandemic whereas truck gross sales declined, her brick and mortar location misplaced much more income.
“On the meals truck, we dropped about 70%. Within the brick and mortar, 90%,” she mentioned.
To keep away from closing her standalone restaurant, Hardenbrook, like different small enterprise homeowners, utilized for a slew of federal monetary help.
“We have been two months away, two months away from depleting our financial savings utterly,” Hardenbrook mentioned. “We acquired each of the PPP loans, which undoubtedly helped us, nonetheless, that went to pay our staff and never our lease.”
She additionally utilized for cash by means of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, supplied by the Small Enterprise Administration to assist eligible companies impacted by COVID-19.
The SBA had mentioned women-owned, veteran-owned, socially and economically disadvantaged-owned and people owned by individuals of undeserved populations could be prioritized. As well as, an emphasis was positioned on small, mom-and-pop outlets.
Throughout the nation, greater than 100,000 eating places have been awarded $28.6 billion. Hardenbrook’s enterprise was not one among them, however about 17,000 others in Colorado did obtain cash.
On Tuesday, the fund officially closed.
In accordance with RRF award allocation data, in Colorado, three Golden Corral places acquired a mixed $6.5 million. A number of smaller grants went to franchisees of huge chains, like Dunkin’ Donuts, CiCi’s Pizza and Subway.
“I am somewhat stunned that it is a small enterprise grant program, and I would not actually contemplate someone that owns 20 places, or 5, or seven places actually small enterprise,” Hardenbrook mentioned.
Denver7 reached out to the SBA’s Colorado workplace for extra particulars on how awards have been chosen.
The Colorado Restaurant Affiliation instructed Denver7 they’re pushing for Colorado’s legislators to approve the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Replenishment Act of 2021, so extra eating places can obtain assist.
“I hope all of them vote to replenish the grants,” Hardenbrook mentioned. “I imply, we have been shut down mainly by means of no fault of our personal.”