Loans – Restaurant house owners nonetheless ready for emergency loans, two months later
Montreal’s restaurant house owners had been relieved when an announcement got here that monetary assist to assist them by the COVID-19 pandemic was on the best way. However two months later, a number of house owners mentioned they’re nonetheless ready for the cash to reach.
At La Dinette Triple Crown, eating room service has been shut down, because it has for all different eating places within the province’s pink zones. Whereas a takeout window stays open, staffing and clientele have been been decreased by 70 per cent. Proprietor Nicole Turcotte mentioned she’s questioning when assist from the provincial authorities will arrive.
“It reeks of a lack of leadership,” she mentioned. “This has dragged on for so long—the partial shutdowns, dining rooms open, closed, bars open, bars closed—it feels like there’s never been a plan in this province.”
In October, the province promised emergency assist within the type of loans for eating places pressured to shut their eating rooms. As much as 80 per cent of that loan may very well be forgiven, however restauranteurs mentioned they do not know how a lot they should pay again.
“I’m angry because we have worked so hard in the last nine years to build what we did and you watch it slip away, not from your own actions, but because the leadership in the province doesn’t seem to have a handle on it,” mentioned Turcotte.
In an electronic mail to CTV Information, a authorities spokesperson mentioned it is conscious of the delays in getting the loans out and is working to scale back the wait occasions.
Le Tequila Bar proprietor Viral Patel mentioned he is amongst these nonetheless ready and the delay is proving expensive.
“I have to be really careful as to how we spend money for the business. Everything is still grey, we’re not sure how much we can spend,” he mentioned.