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City Announces 51 New Outdoor Dining Grant Awardees

Phase II brings total to over $280,000 awarded to help restaurants expand outdoor dining options

Aug. 15, 2020

The City of Albuquerque continues to develop innovative ways to help local businesses stay afloat during tough economic times. While the coronavirus crisis required restrictions on indoor dining throughout the state, the City is waiving millions of dollars in fees, issuing direct business support grants, and fast-tracking construction projects to help local business save countless jobs. Today, the City is announcing its second round of outdoor dining grant award winners.

“We’re continuing to stand by local businesses as they weather these economic challenges brought on by the coronavirus crisis,” stated Mayor Tim Keller. “These restaurants are thinking outside the box to continue to operate and provide dining options to their customers. We’re grateful to be able to support them with some financial assistance to set up these outdoor spaces.”

Through the City of Albuquerque’s new outdoor dining grant program, the Economic Development Department is working in coordination with other City departments to identify and provide financial support ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to local restaurants and cafes with viable plans to mitigate business interruption losses by expanding the outdoor dining options for their customers.

Utilizing funding provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the City is making grants available to support restaurants, cafes, and food trucks in setting up and operating the following types of outdoor dining options:

  • Public sidewalks,
  • Parklets,
  • Private parking lots, and
  • Limited street closures.

For the second round of grants, the City was able to award grants to all 51 qualified applicants, determined by lottery, for a total of $180,500. Recipients will receive between $2,500 and $5,000. Restaurants with multiple locations were only awarded one grant, to ensure as many other local restaurants as possible could be included in grant awards. Phases I and II total over $280,000 awarded to restaurants since the City started the program.

The recipients include: Sunset Grille & Bar, La Luz Coffee Hub, Pelican's Restaurant, Pars cuisine, Rude Boy Cookies, Soo Bak Seoul Bowl, Mazaya Café, High and Dry Brewing, Cocina Azul, El Viva Mexico Restaurant, Slate Street Café, WaffleHouse, Los Cuates, Fiestas Restaurant & Lounge, Milly’s, Burger 21, Left Turn Distilling, Leroy’s New Mexico, Duke City Kitchen, Nick & Jimmy's Bar and Grill, 66 Diner, Fuddruckers, Scalo, Grandma’s Diner, Toltec Brewing, Rolling On In, Gold Street Pizza, Lava Rock Brewing Company, Church Street Café, Red Velvet Underground Music Café, Monte Carlo Steakhouse, Juanita's Comida Mexicana, Duke City Taco, El Taco Tote Mexican Grill, Neighbors Westside Bar and Grill, The Copper Lounge, Guaca Guaca Tacos & Beer, Bamboo Grill Vietnamese Cuisine, The Melting Pot, Tio David's Peruvian Flavor, Thai Heritage & Vegan, Tomasita's Albuquerque, Scarpas’s Brick Oven Pizza, St. Clair Winery and Bistro, Effingbar & Grill, Jason's deli, Bosque Brewing - Restoration Pizza, Farina Pizzeria, Garduno’s, Mario's Pizza, and The Range Café.

Restaurants and cafes are encouraged to submit their applications to be entered into the third and final lottery round, which will include the potential for awards to restaurants with multiple locations that have not yet been awarded in addition to single-site restaurants. Local eateries can find out more about the grant funding process by going to cabq.gov/outdoor-dining.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the City has also taken measures to support local businesses that include waiving fees. Fees have been waived for restaurants working to add outdoor seating capacity as a way to get diners back quickly and safely. Additionally, the City is waiving fees for inspections on commercial swimming pools, restaurant inspections, food trucks permits, and growers market permits for all of 2020. The City is automatically refunding any businesses that have already paid permit fees for calendar year 2020.