Five West Queen West Small Restaurants Receive Financial Support


TORONTO — Five independent Toronto restaurants will each receive an $18,500 grant as part a new program run by the International Downtown Association (IDA) Foundation and the West Queen West Business Improvement Area (BIA), supported by American Express.

Specifically, the initiative supports culturally significant, independent restaurants owned by individuals from under-represented groups, in five major cities globally, that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Grant recipients include Banu, Frisaca, Nana Station, Nunu Ethiopian Fusion and Queen Star.

“West Queen West has always celebrated and prided itself on being known for the diversity of business owners, and the products and services they offer,” says David Downey, executive director of the IDA Foundation. “We are very appreciative to the IDA and Amex for this valuable support for some of our most deserving members and helping provide some of the resources to help them recover from the pandemic, prepare for the future and continue to contribute to the vitality of our exciting neighbourhood.”

“We are thrilled to provide these independent restaurants with well needed financial support as they prepare for the upcoming summer season,” Rob Sysak, executive director of the West Queen West BIA. “Backing small businesses is an integral part of who we are, and we are excited to see Toronto’s restaurant industry continue to grow, thrive and contribute even more to the vibrancy of our neighbourhoods.”

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