The Restaurant Expansion and Attraction Program (REAP) is set to give out its first city-funded grant awards. The program was funded with a total budget of $50,000 and offers a 50% reimbursement on eligible improvements associated with new or expanding restaurants within the city.
The first round of award recipients for this program is as follows:
SONNETS ($18,000) is a coffee shop and whiskey bar with a New Orleans-style cuisine, and the renovation will increase seating capacity and construct a new kitchen with a hood ventilation system.
Great Oaks Tavern ($16,000) is a family-friendly entertainment venue and full-service restaurant, and the renovation will add new seats and expand the kitchen and prep area.
UnWined Main Street ($10,500) is a casual cocktail, bourbon, and wine bar, and the renovation will build out a commercial kitchen with a hood, freezer/refrigerator unit, and expanded kitchen and prep areas.
Water Main Grille ($5,500) is a full-service diner specializing in breakfast and grille food and the renovation will install new exterior and interior doors to improve circulation and create additional dining space, purchase a compact upright reach-in freezer unit and resurface the kitchen floor.
Private investment is expected to exceed $1,191,325 for additional restaurant and kitchen upgrades. The City of Wadsworth plans to have another round of funding offered through the program later this year.