By Jennifer McRae

DENVER (CBS4)– Restaurant owners learned on Friday that they may be eligible for COVID relief grants. Businesses can apply for money from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund if 33% of their gross receipts came from on-premise sales in 2019.

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Those grants range from $1,000 to $5 million. The money can pay for outdoor seating, payroll, rent and utilities.

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Sen. John Hickenlooper talked to the Colorado Restaurant Association about it in a virtual meeting.

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“I know what it feels like and what you’re going through and what you’ve been going through and I think, while not perfect, I think the Restaurant Revitalization Fund and these resources are going to do a better job of getting restaurants back on their feet,” said Hickenlooper.

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It’s estimated nearly 2 million restaurant jobs have vanished from the industry nationwide.

Jennifer McRae