Earlier this week, bi-partisan legislation was introduced in Congress to pump an additional $60 billion into the depleted Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). As we advised just weeks ago, all $29 billion of the original RRF funds were committed within the 3-week priority window (women, veteran or socially/economically disadvantaged business owners) that Congress mandated when the legislation first passed back in early March. The Restaurant Revitalization Fund Replenishment Act was filed by U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) in the House and in the Senate by Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Roger Wicker (R-MS). It provides funding to cover all existing applications and further allows for the SBA to continue outreach to hard-hit businesses. The SBA received over 362,000 applications with requests totaling more than $75 billion in grant assistance. The agency has also indicated that restaurant owners who submitted an application but were shut out of funding during the first round will automatically be considered for assistance should the additional funding be appropriated for the program.