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State grant assist hotels, food and beverage businesses

By Rex Robinson | 5/18/2020, 8:29 p.m.
A number of hospitality small businesses in Will County are set to receive a much-needed economic boost from the state ...
The Clarion Hotel & Convention Center Joliet is one of more than 35 hospitality businesses in Will County that will receive a portion of a $14,45 million Hospitality Emergency Grant Program from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. The state launched the program on March 23 to support hotels and food and beverage small businesses in response to the coronavirus pandemic shutdown.

A number of hospitality small businesses in Will County are set to receive a much-needed economic boost from the state in the form of some grant funding.

The Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau announced that more than 700, including more than 35 from Will County, will share in a $14,45 million Hospitality Emergency Grant Program from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. More than 12,000 hospitality small businesses applied for the funds and a lottery system was used to select award winners. The state launched the program on March 23 to support hotels and food and beverage small businesses in response to the pandemic shutdown. The hospitality industry in Illinois has seen significant revenue losses as the pandemic worsened and the Stay at Home Order was extended through April.

“These funds will help the businesses stay operational in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and help them recover quickly once the Order expires and citizens are allowed to frequent area businesses again,” said Dan Mulka, Marketing Manager of the Heritage Corridor CVB.

Here are the Will County businesses that will share in a portion of the funding:

• Aloft Bolingbrook

• Bucks Hospitality

• Hilton Garden Inn

• Quality Inn (Bolingbrook)

• Ramada Inn

• The Office Bar and Grill

• Sophie's

• TB of Crete

• Elder Brewing Inc.

• Best Western Joliet Inn & Suites

• Cantigny Post #367 VFW

• Chicago Style Grill

• Clarion Hotel & Joliet Convention Center

• Comfort Inn North Joliet

• El Huichol de Don Memo

• El Primo Mexican Restaurant #2

• Joliet Lodging Inc.

• One More Time Sports Bar

• Popus Gourment Popcorn

• Red Roof Inn (Joliet)

• Umiya Hotel Venture LLC

• Jackie's Pub Inc.

• Villa Nova Pizza, LLC

• Midtown Wine Bar

• EggCetera Cafe, Inc.

• Country Host Motel

• Quality Inn (Monee)

• Super 8 (Monee)

• Sun Wong Food Inc.

• Larry's Diner Inc.

• Steve Buresh's Cheesecake Store & Sandwich Shop

• Chester Investments Inc.

• Subway (Romeoville)

• Econo Lodge (Shorewood)

• Jack's Bar & Grill

• Comfort Inn & Suites (Tinley Park)

• Southland Development LLC

The Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) ignites, influences, and impacts the visitor experience through tourism partnership within the communities and counties along the historic I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor. Starting just a few miles southwest of Chicago and extending southwest through Starved Rock State Park Country. Visit their web site at HeritageCorridorCVB.com for more information.