March 15, 2021

Burlington's Sue Bette Played A Major Role In Getting Massive Relief Funds For America's Independent Restaurants Included In The New Federal COVID-19 Relief Bill

We're so proud and awed by DRM client and Burlington restaurateur Sue Bette! Sue is the founder and managing partner of the Bluebird Barbecue restaurant and catering service on Riverside Ave. As a member of the leadership team of the Independent Restaurant Coalition and co-founder of Vermont Independent Restaurants, Sue has worked tirelessly for a year since the COVID-19 shutdown to obtain meaningful federal financial relief for America's small and independent restaurants. Her work paid off when Congress passed, and President Biden signed, the COVID-19 economic relief bill known as the American Rescue Plan, containing $28.6 Billion in grant money dedicated specifically for restaurants. Sue was recognized for this hard work and amazing accomplishment in the Washington Post! Speaking of her leadership in obtaining this desperately-needed funding, Sue said, “It was very empowering and, for me, one of the most important things that happened this year. I felt like I had a role to play, and I could do something. I could serve our industry and be part of a team that was making change in a real grass-roots way.” Well, thanks and congratulations, Sue!

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