32 Cincinnati Restaurants Share $160,000 from DoorDash Grant Program

The grants offer some small relief for hardships that restaurants have endured throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mar 8, 2021 at 12:55 pm
click to enlarge Nation Kitchen, one of the grant recipients - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Nation Kitchen, one of the grant recipients

Thirty-two Cincinnati restaurants will share $160,000 in grants from DoorDash.

As part of the second round of its Main Street Strong grant program, the delivery giant will provide 32 local restaurants with $5,000 each as relief for hardships they've endured throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

According to DoorDash representatives, the funding can be used to cover common restaurant expenses such as rent, payroll or expanding the storefront’s outdoor capacity.

In order to qualify for the grants, restaurants had to meet specific criteria such as operating three or fewer locations, grossing less than $3 million in revenue per location during 2019 and employing 50 people or fewer. DoorDash selected grant recipients based on indoor dining limits, local population, local climate and other factors.

In round one of the grant program, DoorDash selected several cities in the United States and Canada where local restaurants could apply in round one. As CityBeat previously reported, DoorDash and grant partner Hello Alice expanded the grants to a second wave of cities, with Cincinnati among them. 

The following Cincinnati-area restaurants were selected to receive $5,000:

  • Tēla Bar + Kitchen

  • Black Coffee Lounge 

  • Hello Honey

  • Melt Revival

  • Streetpops

  • 13th Street Alley

  • Oriental Wok 

  • Hopscotch

  • TiYah's Table

  • Zablong Peculiar Pizza

  • Copper & Flame

  • Lalo Restaurant 

  • Incline Smoke Shack

  • Dilly Bistro

  • Tickle Pickle Restaurant

  • Turkeys R Us

  • Nation Kitchen and Bar

  • The Bagelry

  • Sunny Blu Coffeehouse

  • B&A Street Kitchen

  • Sandbar 

  • Keystone University Square

  • Crzy Monk

  • King's Way Cafe

  • Agape Cafe

  • Mazunte Taqueria

  • The BonBonerie Cafe

  • Mac Shack

  • Truva Cafe Mediterranean

  • Good Plates Eatery

  • Tea ‘n’ Bowl

  • Cafe Mediterranean

The $10 million Main Street Strong grant program is part of DoorDash’s $200 million, five-year initiative to “empower local communities,” DoorDash says in a blog post.

Winning restaurants are expected to receive their grants in early May. Read the full list of winners.