P.O. Box 7064, Duluth, MN 55807

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Federal Restaurant Revitalization Program

The Federal Small Business Administration (SBA) will be awarding $28.6 billion in grants to restaurants, bars and other similar food or beverage businesses affected by the pandemic and subsequent shutdowns. Funding for the Restaurant Revitalization Program comes from the American Rescue Plan.

Restaurant Revitalization Program Guidelines

The application time period has not yet been announced but is expected to open within a couple weeks.

St. Louis County encourages eligible businesses to prepare now to apply for these funds. County staff are available to answer questions and assist business owners in understanding the guidelines and application process.

Two virtual information sessions are being offered to provide information and answer questions:

Friday, April 23, 11 a.m.


Wednesday, April 28, 6 p.m.


Eligible entities are businesses that are not permanently closed and include businesses where the public or patrons assemble for the primary purpose of being served food or drink including:

  • Restaurants
  • Food stands, food trucks, food carts
  • Caterers
  • Bars, saloons, lounges, taverns
  • Licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products
  • Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars
  • Other similar places of business in which the public or patrons assemble for the primary purpose of being served food or drink

Additionally, the following businesses are eligible if on-site sales to the public comprised at least 33% of gross receipts in 2019

  • Bakeries
  • Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms
  • Breweries and/or microbreweries
  • Wineries and distilleries
  • Inns


Email: CARES@stlouiscountymn.gov
County‚Äôs CARES Act Website: www.stlouiscountymn.gov/CARES