INDIANAPOLIS — City leaders and restaurant owners in Indianapolis are sternly asking for Congress to pass another coronavirus relief bill soon.
Ross Katz is the owner of Rooster’s Kitchen, a small eatery along Massachusetts Avenue in Indy, and said he has taken advantage of every assistance program that he can: Paycheck Protection Program loans, loans from the city, and other grants he is eligible for.
“We’ve really tried to hold out as long as we could,” he told WISH-TV. “But, it’s come down to the fact that we won’t be around much longer unless we start making tough decisions.”
He has cut hours for many employees but hasn’t laid anyone off yet.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, in his weekly coronavirus address to the city, called the lack of action from those in Congress “unconscionable” and even used the term “deadly” to describe the inaction.
It’s also tough for patrons, such as Erin Houchin.
“Trying to keep the places that make Indy special open,” Houchin said. “It hurts because we can’t support everybody. Trying to be a good patron kind of feels stuck between a rock and a hard place.”
In Indianapolis, many restaurants have had to spend money to build up areas outside to facilitate outdoor dining during the cold winter months.
Katz is urging you to keep buying local and that if you order carryout or delivery from his restaurant or any restaurant to buy directly from the restaurant and to not use a third-party app. He says using a third-party app takes away 30-percent of the order from the restaurant.