CLEVELAND — His scorching hen sandwiches are all rage, however proper now their future appears unsure.
“It form of simply actually knocked us out of the water, although we have been attempting to make our comeback,” mentioned Victor Searcy Jr., the chief chef of Sauce The Metropolis.
Sauce the Metropolis was once inside the Ohio Metropolis Galley, however when it closed down Searcy was pressured to search out one other spot.
And simply as he landed one, the Coronavirus pandemic hit exhausting.
“It form of felt like we have been helpless, as a result of right here we’re, we put all of our funds again into opening up a brand new location after which increase we have been shut down,” mentioned Searcy.
Now he’s making his hen sandwiches out of Sainato’s Restaurant and Rivergate Tavern within the Flats in a pop up style.
“Its for the individuals, its for Cleveland simply to have Sauce The Metropolis again,” he mentioned. “It’s a restricted menu, however its there for you guys.”
Though having a pop up spot helps with some earnings, Searcy says its not sufficient so he’s utilized for an financial damage mortgage.
“Most companies are experiencing a downturn in gross sales which impacts money stream, which impacts employment,” mentioned Gil Goldberg, the Cleveland District Director of the U.S. Small Enterprise Administration.
Goldberg says a lot of the 950,000 small companies in Ohio might be eligible for an financial damage mortgage due to the pandemic.
“Even in the event you’re not fairly certain whether or not you might be eligible or not, simply go forward and apply and let the method work,” mentioned Goldberg.
He says small companies name apply for as much as $2 million at a 3.75% rate of interest they usually don’t have to start out making funds for a yr.
Though Searcy says he’s struggling, he’s nonetheless pondering of others.
He’s beginning what he calls a ‘feed the nurses’ marketing campaign and he needs different native companies to affix in.
“All of the eating places that’s nonetheless up and operating, doing take outs, to go, simply package deal one thing up and ship to these vital care models simply to provide them a bit mild on this time that we’re going via proper now,” he mentioned.
To use for a mortgage via the U.S. Small Enterprise Administration head to their web site or give them a name (800) 659-2955 or (216) 522-4180
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