SBA Restaurant Revitalization

The restaurant industry has been among the hardest-hit sectors during the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help bring jobs back and revive the industry, the American Rescue Plan established the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) spearheaded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The RRF seeks to provide non-repayable funds to eligible food service businesses. Such applicants include restaurants, food stands, food trucks, food carts, caterers, bars, saloons, lounges, taverns, and snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars. In addition, provided at least one third of total sales are onsite sales to the public, eligible applicants also include bakeries, brewpubs, breweries/microbreweries, wineries, distilleries, and inns. Finally, licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products are also eligible.

Throughout the week of April 26, the SBA, the North Carolina Small Business & Technology Development Center, and the four NC Women’s Business Centers will provide multiple free virtual events on the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. These opportunities will provide attendees with an overview of the application process, eligibility requirements, and more.

Upcoming events include:

When: Monday, April 26 at 2 p.m.

Who: The Western Women’s Business Center, the Small Business Center Network’s Western Region, and the SBA

Where: Zoom Webinar, geared toward western North Carolina

When: Monday, April 26 at 6 p.m.

Who: Women’s Business Center of Fayetteville and the SBA

Where: Zoom Webinar, geared toward Wilmington and Fayetteville areas

When: Tuesday, April 27 at 2 p.m.

Who: Women’s Business Center of North Carolina and the SBA

Where: Zoom Webinar, geared toward the Raleigh and northeastern NC areas

When: Wednesday, April 28 at 10 a.m.

Who: NC Small Business & Technology Development Center and the SBA

Where: Zoom Webinar

When: Thursday, April 29 at noon

Who: Women’s Business Center of Charlotte (WBCC) and the SBA

Where: Facebook - @WBCCharlotte, geared toward the Charlotte and Greensboro areas

Registration not required

When: Thursday, April 29 at 2 p.m.

Who: NC Small Business & Technology Development Center and the SBA

Where: Zoom Webinar

 As the SBA builds and prepares to roll out the program, the SBA website has a dedicated page that is the best source for up-to-date information for eligible restaurants interested in the RRF. Visit

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Comments that violate any of the rules above are subject to removal by staff.

Thank you for reading!

Please purchase a subscription to continue reading. Subscribe today and support local community journalism.

Digital Only Subscriptions

The Pilot

Get unlimited digital access and support award-winning local journalism, for just $5 a month. This includes access to the electronic replica edition of The Pilot.

Starting at
$5.35 for 30 days

Already have a Print Subscription? Get Digital Access Free.

The Pilot

As a print subscriber, you also have unlimited digital access. Connect your account now. Or, call customer service at 910-693-2487 for help.


Our system has been updated, if you are a current print subscriber and cannot obtain your unlimited access, please contact customer support 910-693-2490. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Home Delivery

The Pilot

Our best deal: Get all the news of Moore County delivered to your home each Wednesday and Sunday — and receive unlimited digital access to

Starting at
$27.82 for 90 days