FRAMINGHAM – The 11-member Framingham City Council unanimously declared the month of June Framingham Restaurant Month.
“Framingham’s vibrant restaurant scene, featuring exquisite cuisines from Italian to Brazilian to Mexican to Mediterranean to American to Jewish deli to Central American, contribute to the vitality of our neighborhoods and economy,” states the resolution.
“Our local restaurants are active community members, always lending a helping hand in the form of donations or money in times of need in Framingham; and Whereas, The restaurant community in Framingham and around the country were greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021,” wrote District 4 City Councilor Michael Cannon in submitting the resolution to the full Council in May.
Cannon is the chair of the City Council’s subcommittee on economic development.
“The Restaurant Revitalization Fund, part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, allocates $28.6 billion for the Small Business Authority to distribute to qualifying restaurants and bars that suffered revenue loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” notes the resolutions.
“The Framingham Council stands with our local restaurants, and encourages the Framingham government to continue supporting these businesses through distribution of grants and funding, enabling outside dining, collaborations with the Framingham Business Association and MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, and providing additional resources as Framingham recovers from the pandemic,” stated the resolution.
“The Framingham Council encourages its residents to patronize many of our local restaurants, whether a longtime favorite or a new-to-you location, through take out or dining. Together we will recover as a community and emerge stronger than before, Now Therefore, the Framingham Council declares June 2021 as Framingham Restaurant Month in Framingham, and we urge all residents to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance,” concludes the resolution.
With restrictions lifted on May 29, the resolution hopes to encourage residents to support local restaurants by dining out more in June, to help the industry recover from the pandemic.