Just before Thanksgiving, the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it was releasing an additional $83 million in unused Restaurant Revitalization funds, some 18 months after the program officially closed. The monies have been earmarked for 169 restaurant operators in the order that their applications were received back when the program was operable. The US General Accountability Office had previously reported that there was $180 million left over in the RRF account, but that estimate proved to be inaccurate. The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) was created in March 2021 as part of the American Rescue Plan Act dealing with the economic impact of the pandemic. It was funded with $28.6 billion in federal funds, which was quickly exhausted in the face of application requests totaling more than $75 billion. More than 100,000 restaurants were successful with applications and received funding. Several subsequent efforts to replenish the fund in order to assist additional restaurant in their recovery from the COVID pandemic proved futile and 177,000 applicants were left without any assistance from the program.