Restaurants ask Congress for more aid as the omicron variant impacts industry | NBWA: America's Beer and Beverage Distributors

A National Restaurant Association (NRA) survey of 4,200 restaurant operators found nearly 50% of restaurants that didn't receive grants from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) believe it's unlikely they will outlast the pandemic without further relief. About 94% of these operators said an RRF refill would allow them to retain or hire more workers. 88% of restaurant operators reported sales declines in on-premise diner demand due to the omicron COVID-19 variant, and 51% have reduced hours as a result, per the survey. The NRA also sent a letter to congressional leaders urging a refill of the RRF, which closed to new applicants in May 2021.