Rife with problems from the get-go, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) was closed to new applications yesterday by the US Small Business Administration (SBA), but the application portal will remain open for another two weeks to allow applicants to check their status. With its creation as an integral part of the American Rescue Plan – a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill signed by President Biden in March – the RRF was mandated by Congress to establish a 21-day application window exclusive to restaurants owned by women, veterans or the economically or socially disadvantaged. Predictably, eligibility for the RRF monies during the first 21 days of the application period being based on the gender or race of the applicant was struck down by multiple courts as a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment to the United States Constitution. Furthermore, the RRF during the limited exclusivity window took in application requests totaling over $75 billion for the $29 billion Congress appropriated for the entire program. In closing down the program this week, the SBA advised applicants that if they had not received funding as of yesterday, July 1, then their application would be placed back in the queue based on the date received and would be reconsidered should any additional funds be appropriated by Congress. Toward that end, legislation authorizing an additional $60 billion has been filed in Congress but has yet to see any movement.