The Hispanic Restaurant Association offers grants to restaurants
Up to 20 restaurants in metro Denver will receive grants of $20,000 and 8 weeks of business training. HRA says it goes to minority-owned businesses, women and people of color.
DENVER — In March 2020, brothers Cesar Munoz and Juan Herrera faced the same problem as many others that year; they tried to open a restaurant, but COVID-19 got in the way.
On Thursday, the brothers, and now co-owners of Dee Tacko, reflected on that time at a table inside their new location in Denver.
“My brother had to be on the hot plate at the back. I had to be up front, managing the front of the house, managing the back of the house,” Herrera explained.
But the hard work paid off – a few years later, the restaurant’s success prompted the owners to expand from their original location in Pueblo to a new location in Denver, where they partnered with Mob Craft Beer. .
“There are tears and sweat behind every piece of tile and wood on this place,” Munoz said.
To take things to the next level, the brothers hope to benefit from a grant program set up by the Hispanic Restaurant Association (HRA), in partnership with DoorDash.
They applied for the DoorDash Accelerator Fall 2022 cohort for local restaurants.
The HRA is considering grant applications to benefit up to 20 restaurants in metro Denver.
The opportunity offers a grant of $20,000 for chosen local restaurants.
Selene Nestor, co-founder of the association, explained that the first $10,000 will be given to the chosen recipients, followed by an 8-week program that will cover topics ranging from hiring capital to legal services, passing through media creation and more.
“Ideally, these will be restaurants that have been in business for two years,” she said.
Nestor says they want to make sure those applying for the grants are businesses owned by minorities, women and people of color.
“The pandemic has hit the restaurant industry very hard, but especially minority-owned businesses, because those are the businesses that haven’t asked for help. They’re just trying to ride the wave and do whatever they want. on their own,” Nestor said. “So this is going to help those restaurants catch up and in the long run help them be successful and have access to restaurant education.”
For Herrera and Munoz, they see the grant program not only as a chance to grow their business, but also for grantees to increase their influence in communities.
“Anytime there are people telling you what they’ve been through, it makes it a little bit easier for us to be able to move on to the next place,” Herrera said. “It’s very inspiring for minorities to see other minorities succeed.”
Grant applications can be found on this page and will close on September 9.
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