The coronavirus pandemic has forced regional leaders to ban dining at restaurants and bars as part of a coordinated effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. Sadly, it has caused numerous restaurants to close their doors, either temporarily or permanently. This result is not only devastating to restaurateurs but to their line staff, waiters, bartenders, cooks, bussers and dishwashers; most of them living paycheck to paycheck.
This industry faces adversity since their services depend on providing an outlet to socialize in a time when social distancing is encouraged.
For decades, St. Louis-based Pace Properties has worked with both local and national clients assisting in finding the perfect location for their newest restaurant concept, assisted with relocating to a larger footprint and even expanding to multiple locations for growing, successful clients.
Because of the importance Pace Properties places on its relationship with the community and the local restaurant scene, Pace is donating $10,000 to The Gateway Resilience Fund. This fund will provide short-term monetary relief to employees and owners of independent bars, restaurants and shops in the St. Louis area affected by closures and other circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Gateway Resilience Fund is operated by The St. Louis Community Foundation, whose mission is to serve their donors and community, resulting in an equitable and vibrant region.
The fund will consider covering personal, family, living, or funeral expenses incurred as a result of the outbreak. The Gateway Resilience Fund will make direct grants to eligible applicants or pay their bills. Also, there are grants available for small businesses in downtown St. Louis.
“While small grants may not be able to sustain workers for long, hopefully, it will help those who are facing desperation,” said senior vice president of brokerage Pat Willett. “For many restaurant workers, once they lose their income, they’re one rent check away from being homeless. These circumstances are devastating to see in our community. Nothing is more important than the long-term success of our community, and we are proud to make the donation and encourage others to do the same.”
Companies and individuals are encouraged to donate to the fund or download the application to receive funds by visiting the Gateway Resilience Fund.