The Chef’s Grille receives Murrieta’s first Back-to-Business grant

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Murrieta City Council members Kelly Seyarto and Christi White, with Martin Corso, owner and chef of The Chef’s Grille, and Mayor Gene Wunderlich deliver the first Back-to Business grant from the city of Murrieta. The program offers support to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Valley News/Courtesy photo

MURRIETA – Murrieta issued its first Back-to-Business grant of $10,000 to Martin Corso, owner and chef of The Chef’s Grille restaurant on Jefferson Avenue in Murrieta. The funds will support lease and payroll expenses and are designed to strengthen small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

“This is such a great help to us,” Corso said. “To see how you have responded to this for our community is outstanding. We are all part of this.”

Through this partnership with Riverside County, the city has designated $250,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for the Back-to-Business grant program. There is no impact to the city’s general fund.

The Chef’s Grille has served Murrieta for three years, with a unique variety of gourmet casual foods and a strong following with residents and visitors alike.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our community,” city manager Kim Summers said. “As partners, colleagues and neighbors, we are committed to doing everything we can to help them weather this storm.”

Summers said that business support is much more than financial.

“Our Back-to-Business team has personally visited many dozens of businesses, offering everything from advice on modifications and clarification of state rules, to deliveries of personal protective equipment,” Summers said. “We are in this together.”

The city received more than 75 Back-to-Business grant requests in one day, and applications are now closed. Among the approval requirements, a business must employ fewer than 15 people and have operated locally for at least a year. Per CDBG guidelines, a majority of employees must be low-to-moderate income. From those who meet all requirements, awards are determined on a first-come, first served basis, while funds are available.

For information on city, county and state resources for local businesses, visit http://www.MurrietaCA.gov/reopening.

Submitted by city of Murrieta.