Raise a Glass to Common Sense (and 5 a.m. Beers)

In a shockingly uncharacteristic move from the federal government, initial word about the grant application process is that it could be...simple?

Messy black line on white background indicates hard way, straight black line on white background indicates simple, easy way.
We can do this the easy way or the hard way. / Copyright: Oleksandr Kashcheiev

Brace yourselves, friends: The federal government has already simplified one part of the soon-to-be-announced Restaurant Revitalization Grant (RRG) application process. We can only hope this minimalist sentiment will prevail throughout the rest of the proceedings. The Colorado Restaurant Association is also seeking input on a proposed bill that would extended last call to 4 a.m. (instead of 2 a.m.) or allow the bar to start pouring at 5 a.m. (instead of 7 a.m.) Either way, cheers to drinking in the wee hours!

The following information comes from the CRA’s March 30 and 31 newsletters. Sign up to receive the full versions here. And take a gander at its Coronavirus Resource Center, COVID-19 Reopening Resources, and Restaurant Worker’s Guide to the COVID-19 Vaccine for more info. 

Important Update: DUNS Number Not Required to Apply for Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced on March 31 that applicants for the Restaurant Revitalization Grant (RRG) program will not need to register for a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number or on SAM.gov. We thank you for sharing your feedback with us and are optimistic this demonstrates the SBA has heard our ask for a user-friendly, efficient application process. This is a change from early March, when it was expected that applications would require this process as they currently do under the Shuttered Venues Operators (SVO) grant program. The shift by SBA recognized the significant demand for the RRG program – up to hundreds of thousands of applicants are expected – and the voice of State Restaurant Associations that advocated for the SBA to streamline & simplify the application process to avoid administrative complexity.

If you want to keep up with our advocacy on a federal level, you can watch the National Restaurant Association’s 90-second congressional update video here and register for the virtual National Public Affairs Conference on April 20 here.

We will continue to provide updates as they develop and provide you with timely resources to take advantage of these funds.

Provide Your Input on Proposed Legislation to Extend Alcohol Service

The Colorado Legislature may introduce legislation that would extend alcohol service for on-premises liquor licenses. While we don’t have all of the details for the bill yet, we are trying to understand the demand and gauge CRA member support for the issue. The proposal would allow a restaurant to apply for a permit extending alcohol service from 2 a.m. – 4 a.m. OR from 5 a.m. – 7 a.m. (not both). The bill would not allow a local government to reduce the hours of service. While we would like it to be a statewide law, the bill may allow for locals to decide if extended alcohol service is appropriate for their community. Please take a few minutes to respond to this survey so that we can determine our involvement in this potential legislation. 

Respond to the survey here.

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