Chicken King on Fulton Street in Downtown Fresno is among 356 restaurants to receive the second round of the Restaurants Care Resilience Fund. Photo contributed

published on June 7, 2022 - 11:49 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Local restaurants serving everything from ramen to burgers are among the recipients of $1.5 million worth of grants and support from the California Restaurant Foundation.

It is the second year the Restaurants Care Resilience Fund has supported restaurants across the state as they contend with the most challenging business conditions in recent memory.

Along with partners SoCalGas, Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric and Wells Fargo, the California Restaurant Foundation paid out $3,000 grants to 356 independent restaurants in California in this latest round. The money can be used to upgrade equipment and pay employee retention bonuses, according to a news release.

In addition to the cash, winners also receive a year’s worth of business support services.

“We are proud to support California Restaurant Foundation for a second consecutive year to expand and underwrite the year-long business support services provided to all Resilience Fund recipients,” said Jim Foley, executive vice president of the Pacific region of Wells Fargo. “In order to create a sustainable, vibrant and diverse culinary community, it is important to ensure independent restaurant owners are set up to achieve long-term success. The goal of our support services is to aid the industry’s recovery by equipping restaurant owners with the knowledge and tools they need to thrive for years to come.”

Local grant winners include:

BooBoo Bean, Fresno

Brothers Ramen and Japanese Eatery, Fresno

Bulldoc Korean Fusion, Fresno

Chicken King, Fresno

Collect Coffee Bar, Fresno

Kocky’s Bar and Grill, Fresno

L’ Aperitif Bistro Fusion, Fresno

Las Mananitas, Fresno

Mah’s Teriyaki Express, Clovis

Melange Eateries, Fresno

The Train Depot, Fresno

Tower Blendz, Fresno

Wonders ice Cream, Fresno

Idle Hour Winery & Kitchen, Oakhurst

La Fiesta Burgers, Visalia

Mariscos El Camaron Borracho, Tulare

Of the 356 grant recipients, 162 restaurants are in SoCalGas’ coverage area and 144 in PG&E’s. Some 72 percent of grant winners are female restaurant owners and 83 percent identify as people of color. The average time in business is 9.7 years, with nearly 80 restaurants operating for more than two decades. To qualify, the restaurants needed to have no more than three units and not exceed $3 million in revenue.

To see the full list of grant recipients in your area, please visit


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