A new report reveals that the Bay Area Michelin-starred restaurant, which was captured by California Governor Gavin Newsom ignoring his COVID-19 restrictions, received more than $ 2.4 million in federal funding earlier this year. ..
According to ABC 7, The French Laundry could save about 170 employees by earning 17 times more than the average Bay Area restaurant through two loans from the Paycheck Protection Program in April. It’s done.
The news offended other local lesser-known restaurant owners who received little or no money through federal programs.
French Laundry was purchased in 1994 by renowned chef Thomas Köhler with the help of 60 investors and offers caviar dinners starting at $ 1,200 per person.
The gorgeous Napa Valley restaurant came into the limelight in November after Maskless Newsome was filmed at a birthday dinner with at least 10 other people and exposed by Fox.
The Michelin-starred French Laundry received a $ 2.4 million PPP loan earlier this year
As shown in the photo above, California Governor Gavin Newsom was arrested in November at a luxurious Napa Valley restaurant, ignoring his own COVID-19 restrictions.
According to records provided by the Small and Medium Business Administration, The French Laundry was approved for two loans through the PPP program on April 30.
PPP funded employers in April under a $ 2.2 trillion coronavirus aid bill passed by Congress in March.
The emergency scheme allowed companies to apply for a loan that would allow them to show that most of their money was spent on salaries. The purpose was to keep as many workers as possible at work.
The French Laundry Partners LP received the first loan of $ 2.2 million and was able to retain 163 employees.
According to records, a second loan of $ 194,656 was sent to the French Laundry Restaurant Association and used to retain five employees.
This means that we received six times the average number of full-service restaurants in the Bay Area that we applied for to save the same number of workers.
The Bay Area average loan amount was only $ 142,719.
Dennis Berkowitz, a former owner of Vault 164, a restaurant in San Mateo, told ABC7 that he was angry with French Laundry’s loan after being forced to sell his restaurant in July.
He said he struggled to secure the $ 318,000 needed to retain around 50 employees and was forced to end his business time even after receiving the money.
“I’m lucky because I have 40 years of experience in the restaurant business,” he said. “The next generation of restaurant owners are confused and really sick.”
The French Laundry was one of at least seven restaurants in the region with two or three Michelin stars and PPP loans available.
But even these other restaurants did not receive the same level of funding through PPP.
According to owner Val Cantu, Californios received $ 214,597 to keep 10-14 people.
The French Laundry was purchased in 1994 by renowned chef Thomas Köhler with the help of 60 investors.The restaurant and related businesses received a loan in April
The French Laundry offers a white truffle and caviar dinner for $ 1,200 per person.The restaurant also now offers an outdoor dining experience starting at $ 450 per person
“We’re still trying to find a way to use it correctly,” Cantu told ABC. “Which is cloudy and cloudy.”
“Whether PPP is allowed … we will see, I don’t know if it is allowed.
“It was definitely a horrifying process,” he added, admitting that the process was helped by their accountants.
However, other restaurants did not have this expert’s advice.
“The application process was very scary,” said Teresapation, owner of the mission La Palma. “As soon as you see it, you have a question. You are responsible for anything you enter incorrectly.
This is just the latest example of a larger or more famous restaurant that received funding when other small restaurants were overlooked.
ABC 7 reports that 91% of California-approved loans for large restaurants with more than 300 employees have been accepted.
However, only 52% of small restaurants with 100 or less employees were approved for loans in April.
California Governor Gavin Newsom was filmed in a fine dining restaurant in November, and at least 10 people gathered to violate the coronavirus guidelines.
According to the Washington Post, the national chain received tens of millions of dollars more than previously thought from PPP, including $ 100 million received by more than 1,000 Sonic Drive-In restaurants.
On Monday, a petition to bring back Governor Newsom on the French Laundry scandal passed 750,000 signatures.
We have reached more than half of the 1.5 million signatures needed to communicate this issue to voters.
A photo of dinner at the birthday party of Jason Connie, one of Newsom’s political advisers, fox Last month, he showed him without a mask when he was begging him not to go out with his friends or cover his face when he went out.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed was seen at the French Laundry the day after Newsom
Witnesses at the restaurant say the group was completely inside for the November 6 rally because the door was closed at some point.
The entire party violated Newsom’s own guidelines for private meetings in groups of three or more households.
Randy Economy, a senior adviser to the recall activity, said hundreds of thousands of petition signatures were signed after the Newsom restaurant blunder last month, flooding the public’s anger.
“It resonated,” he said. “It’s about the arrogance of power.”
Newsom apologized for the supper and then said:’I made a bad mistake. I should have stood up … and drove home.
“The spirit of what I always preach was inconsistent. I need to preach and practice, not just preach.
“You have to own it, and you have to be frank, and I’m doing my best every day to model better behavior.”
But the next day, the restaurant became a hot topic again after it was discovered that San Francisco Mayor London Breed was also eating there.
She did not violate state, city, or coronavirus guidelines, but admitted that her actions were not based on the “spirit” of the rules.
Newsom was acclaimed for his aggressive approach to the coronavirus when he issued the first state-wide curfew in the United States last spring.
But now there is growing public concern over subsequent health orders that have closed schools and businesses and large-scale unemployment benefits are benefiting fraud scandals.
His improper dinner at French Laundry, a facility that offers white truffle and caviar dinners for $ 1,200 per person, continues to be a shame. The restaurant also now offers an outdoor dining experience starting at $ 450 per person.
The scandal happened when the pandemic in California reached yet another peak.
The virus spread rapidly and many California hospitals ran out of intensive care unit space.
According to Newsam, the state ordered a number of refrigerator storage trailers for corpses and distributed 5,000 corpse bags to San Diego, Los Angeles, and Inyo counties.
He warned that thousands of people could die in the coming weeks as California faces the most violent coronavirus surge ever.
In the country’s most populous state, more than 32,300 new COVID-19 cases have been reported, with an average 7-day positive rate of 10.6%, the highest since the pandemic began.
The seven-day average of daily deaths in the state has nearly tripled from last month to 163 this week. The 142 new deaths reported on Tuesday increased to 21,188 out of more than 1.6 million cases.
As mortality continues to rise, Newsam said he has activated mutual assistance and mass mortality programs for coroners in California to coordinate the response of coroners and morgues.
In two of California’s five regions (San Joaquin Valley and Southern California), less than 2% of ICU beds are currently available. When the region reaches zero percent, Newsam said, there will be a surge in staffing and management.
San Joaquin Valley and Greater Sacramento in Southern California make up 77% of the state’s population and have been curfewed after ICU availability fell below 15%, causing many non-critical business closures and residences. Restricted people. At least 3 weeks of activity.
The bay areas were spontaneously placed in the same order, even though they did not meet the threshold.
Los Angeles County has imposed even more stringent limits than the state set earlier this month, with the average daily hospitalization surged by more than 300%.
Over 16.7 million Americans are infected with the coronavirus nationwide, killing 303,505.
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