Some restaurants getting by with PPP loans

Tips, money collected from a customer donation fund and a last paycheck for employees laid off from Farley’s East cafe, that closed due to the financial crisis caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), sits on a counter at the cafe in Oakland, California, U.S. March 18, 2020. Picture taken March 18, 2020. (REUTERS Photo/Shannon Stapleton)

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UPDATED 10:02 AM PT — Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The Payroll Protection Program loan is helping some small businesses reopen across the country, but many restaurants are still faced with a dramatic drop in business.

For Chris and Amy Hillyard, their cafe in Oakland, California brought in less than 10 percent their usual monthly sales in April. The Hillyard’s business, a restaurant called Farley’s East, is one of 2.5 million companies to receive the loan.

This has allowed them to stay afloat amid the devastating economic blow of the COVID-19 pandemic, which came as a relief after the cafe had to let several employees go last month.

“I’m definitely feeling more optimistic than I was certainly in the week after we had closed,” said owner Chris Hillyard. “That was, you know, a pretty depressing situation and really sad for all our staff that we had to lay off at that point.”

Amy, owner of Farley’s East cafe that closed due to the financial crisis caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), stocks coffee to be given to laid off employees at the cafe in Oakland, California, U.S. March 18, 2020. Picture taken March 18, 2020. REUTERS Photo/Shannon Stapleton)

Moving forward, the Hillyard’s plan to use their $221,000 loan to cover payroll, utilities and rent. In the meantime, they will be selling take-out dinners and provisions to help supplement their income.

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