N St. Mary’s strip restaurant approved for COVID-Construction Grant money after initial denial

The restaurant owner tells KSAT the business is thousands of dollars short of being profitable weekly

SAN ANTONIO – Candlelight Pourhouse, a St. Mary’s strip restaurant, has officially been approved for a Covid-Construction Recovery Grant, according to LiftFund.

This comes after the restaurant resorted to operating at limited hours and days to avoid going under after recently being denied.

Restaurant owner Tammy Russell explained how she hoped the Covid-Construction Recovery Grant Program would provide much-needed financial assistance. However, she initially received an email from LiftFund, tasked with handling applications, stating she didn’t meet the criteria last week.

Russell is currently bringing in around $8,000 - $9,000 a week but said realistically, she needs to make $12,000 to $15,000 to be profitable.

“I’m a fighter... and I’m not going to go down without a fight even if we have to scrape and scrape, and that’s what we’ve been doing. I’m going to make it happen,” Russell previously told KSAT.

Martha Zurita, senior vice president of communications & development at LiftFund, issued the following statement:

“LiftFund evaluates each application based on the information and documentation submitted. We reached out to the owner to shed light on the details of her application, and she shared that additional information was now available. After reviewing additional documentation provided, we reassessed her application.”

About the Author:

John Paul Barajas is a reporter at KSAT 12. Previously, he worked at KRGV 5 in the Rio Grande Valley. He has a degree from the University of Houston. In his free time, he likes to get a workout in, spend time on the water and check out good eats and drinks.