Wisconsin Restaurant Cookbook Proceeds Fund 19 Restaurant Grants
You are awesome, Wisconsin.
With your support in purchasing the “Wisconsin Restaurant Cookbook,” the loving support of sponsors and a generous $ 20,000 donation from Roundy’s Supermarkets, a total of 19 grants of $ 5,000 are expected to be distributed to restaurants in 14 different cities located in the state of Wisconsin. .
Cookbooks, which were produced through a collaboration between Pick ‘n Save and Metro Market stores, WWBIC (Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation) and OnMilwaukee, were released in August, with the goal of raising at least $ 100,000 in grants to help restaurants recover from the challenges of the pandemic. And, with your help, we were able to achieve this goal.
It only takes a brief conversation with one of the grant recipients to understand just how important the impact of a $ 5,000 grant really is.
“The pandemic has been very difficult,” said Selina Zheng of Japanese restaurant Kawa, noting that their challenges included balancing the rising costs of fresh fish, the inability to stock up on favorite sushi rice and the difficulties of staff. “As the prices have increased for all of our products, the subsidy will help us work things out so that we don’t have to increase the prices for our customers. We are also opening our third location [at the 3rd Street Market Hall] and the grant will help us advertise and hire employees. ”
“I am so proud to be in the Milwaukee community,” she adds. “There have been so many people who have helped us stay in business.”
Restaurants like Rice N Roll Bistro in Milwaukee have told us they will use grant funds to pay for daily costs, including their lease, utilities, and other daily expenses that will help keep their doors open.
“We are very grateful for this opportunity,” says Tony Kora, co-owner of Rice N Roll. “Since the pandemic, the company has faced higher expenses related to food and inventory costs, supply shortage, reduced customer traffic, staff shortage, etc. The business is definitely in trouble. As a local restaurant, we have done our best to start the operation without closing or laying off jobs in order to keep our food available to customers and to maintain the employment status of our employees. It certainly helps.
Others shared that receiving the grant produced more than just financial benefits.
Among them is Dam Chicken, a restaurant that opened in Beaver Dam in April 2020, just after closing. Co-owner William Schwartz says grant funding couldn’t have come at a better time.
“COVID and everything in between made it so difficult,” says Schwartz. “The restaurant business is tough, even at the best of times. But right now, between the cost of the food, the supply issues, the staff… and the fear, it has been really painful for a lot of us.
“But, something like that really helps us remember that our community comes together, even in the most difficult times. This grant made our team feel that what they are doing was worth it and that people still care about him. It really helped restore hope.
Currently, fewer than 350 cookbooks remain in stock at Pick ‘n Save and Metro Market stores statewide. If sold before the holiday season, we will have the honor of handing out another restaurant grant of $ 5,000, bringing the total number of restaurant recipients to 20.
Cookbooks are just $ 9.99 and make great last minute gifts for any cook or food lover on your list. Pair it with a local restaurant gift card and you’ve increased your impact on our local restaurant scene exponentially.
Are you feeling generous? Individuals can also donate additional funds directly to the online grant fund. All donations will go towards an additional grant of $ 5,000 for restaurants.
Your cookbook purchases and direct donations have helped us provide grants to the following restaurants.
- Cafe Sonder, 305 E. Chicago Ave., Minocqua
- Ca’Lucchenzo, 6030 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa
- Chit Chat, 550 State St., Racine
- Dam chicken, 300 S. Spring St., Beaver Dam
- Gobblers Knob Supper Club, 101 N. Military Rd., Stockbridge
- Gus’s Deli, 813 S. 60th St., West Allis
- Hi Point Steakhouse, 6900 County Road. HHH, Ridgeway
- Vietnamese restaurant in Hue, 2691 S. Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee
- Japanese restaurant Kawa, 325 W. Silver Spring Dr., Milwaukee
- Secular brewery, 6001 W. Madison St, West Allis
- Mexican restaurant in Luna, 4048 S. Packard Ave., St Francis
- Scotty Pizzeria, 9022 W. Oklahoma Ave., West Allis
- Rice and Rolls Bistro, 1952 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee
- Skal Public House, 209 E Main Street, Mont Horeb
- Taqwa bakery and restaurant, 4651 S. 27th St., Greenfield
- The cozy corner, 111 N. Walnut St., Appleton
- Trouble and Sons Pizzeria, 133 E. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay
- Bakery & Coffee Whisk, 633 N. 8th St., Sheboygan
- Wild Roots Restaurant, 6807 W. Becher St., West Allis
- You can help us add the name of another deserving restaurant to this list!