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Bars and restaurants hopeful about federal rescue plan

Brad Williams

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Bars and restaurants all over America have been hurting financially because of COVID-19, but they’re looking for some relief through the American Rescue Plan approved in Washington. 

Tami Plourde of the Pearl Street Brewery in north La Crosse is one local business owner who’s hoping that she and others in the hospitality industry can benefit quickly from the rescue plan.

“I think that it will really impact a lot of businesses,” said Plourde at a news conference on Wednesday. “We have a hospitality and tourism-heavy community, and I know just a ton of businesses that will really benefit from access to these grants and funds.”    

La Crosse Congressman Ron Kind visited the brewery, saying tax reductions in the rescue bill should also help businesses continue to operate.   

“The Restaurant Recovery Plan that was part of the rescue plan has 30 billion dollars that’s directly allocated for restaurants around our country,” said Kind, “and we’re waiting for further guidance on that.”

Plourde and Darren Price of the B.P. Smokehouse in Tomah both spoke in optimistic terms about the bill helping to turn restaurants around.       

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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