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Even in the restaurant business, it’s a lot of green.

Morin’s Inc., the parent company of Morin’s Hometown Bar and Grill and Russel Morin Catering, was one of the few restaurant companies in the state to recently receive a $ 10 million grant from the Small Business Administration.

Overall, some 2,500 restaurants and other food businesses in the state, out of nearly 7,000 applicants, received nearly $ 1 billion from the sometimes controversial Restaurant Revitalization Fund of $ 28.6 billion. dollars. The average price was $ 388,000, the highest in the country.

Over 40 of these grant recipients were in the 10 communities covered by The Sun Chronicle.

They range from Morin’s and its multi-million dollar share to family-owned operations like the Havana Café in the North End of North Attleboro, which received $ 28,000, to Foxboro’s named Won More Time on Washington Street and its grant a just over $ 4,600.

Several Patriot Place restaurants, such as the Saga Hibachi Steakhouse, also received grants.

Only four other companies in the state’s food industry joined Morin’s in the top ranks with $ 10 million in grants. Most of them represented several restaurant outlets or had a large number of catering employees. Morin’s, according to several online sources, employs more than 150 people. Russel Morin Jr., treasurer of Morin’s Inc, declined to comment for this story.

The SBA announced the list of grant recipients last month.

For some, however, the wait continues. Cecile Weeman, co-owner of the Mad Moose Saloon in downtown Attleboro North, was not among the listed recipients. She is studying other programs to help businesses like hers.

“We are really running out of help because we are running out of help,” she said.

The restaurant was able to take advantage of an earlier program, the Payroll Protection Plan, and this has helped it stay open during the pandemic. Now, with that funding exhausted, she is awaiting news on other aid programs.

“I wear a lot of hats, Weeman said.

Business has picked up, she added, although it has not returned to pre-pandemic levels. But, she said, “We’ll take what we can get. “

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