BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Thousands of businesses across the United States never received relief funds during the pandemic and now many, even here locally, are struggling to make ends meet.
There is bipartisan pressure to get Congress to approve $ 60 billion in additional funding for the many small businesses, like restaurants, that need help.
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“We’re going to be fine, we just need some help,” said Ron Furman, owner of Max’s Tap House.
Faidley’s Seafood at Lexington Market in Baltimore has been around for over 130 years. Although business came to a screeching halt, they never stopped paying their employees.
Owner Dayme Hahn said her father called her when the pandemic hit and said, “Make sure you do the payroll, Dayme.
With sacrifice and hard work, they’ve gotten to this point – but she needs help. Hahn implores Congress, “Please replenish the fund. Help us to stay alive through another generation.
Since 1886, the restaurant has employed people like Lou Fleming. The Baltimore native has worked at Faidley’s for 44 years.
“Absolutely, we need help, we are barely holding on,” he said.
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Procurement costs are on the rise, Fleming said.
“They have increased 300 percent in the last 4 months,” he said.
Restaurant owners are looking for a light at the end of this dark COVID tunnel.
In Maryland, about 100 restaurants have received $ 1 million from the Restaurant Relief Fund, but thousands of small businesses haven’t seen a single dime.
Restaurants like Max’s, Faidley’s and others are asking Congress to approve the request for an additional $ 60 billion.
“They’re the ones who drive America forward, not the franchises, the hard-working people in small businesses like this,” Fleming said.
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Across the country, 90,000 restaurants have closed their doors for good. These Baltimore must-haves are fighting to get their name off their list.