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Top Chefs Seek More Federal Relief for `Mom and Pop’ Restaurants

April 6, 2020, 9:16 PM

The Independent Restaurant Coalition, an organization founded during the coronavirus outbreak by well-known restaurateurs including “Top Chef” head judge Tom Colicchio, gathered 5,000 signatures for a letter sent to congressional leadership Monday asking for more help in the next round of relief legislation.

The letter asks lawmakers to create a Restaurant Stabilization Fund, enact tax rebates for the small restaurants that survive the crisis, and make changes to business interruption insurance, which in many cases doesn’t cover the affects of the global pandemic.

The group is also looking for fixes to the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, which businesses ...