Bay Area restaurants receive grant from Uber Eats
TAMPA, Fla .– To say ‘thank you’ and to help restaurants hit hard by the pandemic, on-demand food delivery service Uber Eats has provided millions of dollars in grants to local cuisine hot spots across the country .
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- Uber Eats handed out millions of dollars in grants to local restaurants across the country
- Company says money is a ‘thank you’ for their work and a helping hand for those hard hit by the pandemic
- There are 30 Bay Area restaurants that have received grants from Uber Eats
Some are right here in the Bay Area, like The Green Corner in Clearwater.
Since 2014, Tiffani Harris has owned the small restaurant and has put her heart into the business.
“I am from Thailand, I came to America in 2008,” she said. “Everyone who comes here has an opportunity.”
Over the years, she has worked hard to make her restaurant a success.
“I love fresh food – it’s right next door, it’s convenient,” said customer Brandon Plachno.
“I come at least three or four times a week. I work right next door, ”said client Jack Lindbom. “Everything on the menu is fresh and good.
Harris and his two employees have kept the restaurant open throughout the pandemic.
It’s right next to a local hospital and they serve a lot of healthcare workers.
“Everyone has the same break time, so we take a phone call, we’re on the line,” Harris said.
The Green Corner is one of 30 restaurants in the Bay Area to receive a grant from Uber Eats.
Harris said that $ 5,000 is a long way.
In addition to helping her pay her staff, this money is helping Harris do something she never could have done otherwise – expand the front outdoor patio to have more visibility in the community.
Most of the subsidized restaurants in the Bay Area are like The Green Corner, they are women or minorities.
“We are working very hard,” said Harris. “We don’t want handouts, we want to prove ourselves.”
Proving himself is something Harris does every day.
Not only does she prepare the food, but she also delivers it to you.
“You can be a hard worker no matter what your race,” she said. “If you think about it, you are passionate, you can do anything.”
Uber Eats worked with Local Initiatives Support Corporation to identify restaurants that need it most.
Only small and medium-sized businesses with fewer than five locations were eligible.