Johnson City businesses hope Congress can replenish depleted relief fund | News
Main Street Pizza Company is one of about 1,160 businesses in Tennessee that benefited from a $28.6 billion federal program called the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.
The company, which received roughly $1.4 million, is still operating at a loss, but owner Jamie Dove feels better knowing his business now has a stronger safety net. The funding Main Street Pizza Company secured represents almost a year’s worth of payroll for the business, he said.
“It’s just game-changing,” said Dove, who was in a priority group for funding because he is a veteran. “It’s the difference between us really having been set back like a decade … or basically almost being back to even.”
The fund, however, recently closed, leaving at least one local business, Dos…