New businesses facing challenges of opening during pandemic – WPRI.com

While longtime restaurants and catering companies have really had to pivot to adapt to the pandemic and make sure everyone’s safety is top priority, there are some that actually opened amidst the pandemic.

The fact that they’re a new restaurant, though, has brought with it some different challenges.

DoCo and other new businesses in New Bedford aren’t eligible for federal grant money through the Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Program because that’s only for businesses that opened prior to September of 2019.

Abreu is requesting that the state and federal lawmakers find stimulus solutions to help these businesses too.

DoCo’s location inside the Kilburn Mill makes it ideal for receptions or catered events, and that’s a large part of what they want for their business.

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