News Department

Randolph’s Corner Bistro receives Morris County small business grant

Morris Hispanic-American Chamber & Randolph Join in Delivering $15,000 Check

RANDOLPH TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – The Morris County Board of County Commissioners delivered a $15,000 Small Business Grant Program check to The Corner Bistro in Randolph Township Tuesday afternoon with township officials and the Morris County Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce (MCHACC).

Owners Oscar and Emma Vargas greeted Commissioner Director Tayfun Selen and Commissioners Deborah Smith and Stephen Shaw, who delivered the grant with a group of partners helping to promote local businesses. Among them were MCHACC Chairman Ralph Tejeda, Co-founder Esperanza Field, Karl Alvarez and Nelson Bohorquez.

Randolph Mayor Marie Potter, Councilman Jim Loveys and Township Manager Steve Mountain attended as well, with the Mayor promoting the Randolph Economic Development Committee’s “shop local” campaign and services offered by the EDC.

More than 600 applications have been filed since Morris County Small Business Program was launched on Valentine’s Day with the slogan, “Morris County Loves Small Business.” The Morris County Board of County Commissioners created the grant program using pandemic relief funding issued through the American Rescue Plan Act.

The Commissioners dedicated $10 million to the effort, and Morris County is still accepting applications.

Most of applications heading for final approval will provide each of the qualified businesses and nonprofits the maximum grant amount of $15,000.

“Our small business program is designed to assist entrepreneurs and nonprofits who were impacted by the pandemic. We know they have had many challenges in surviving the lockdowns and economic downturn related to the pandemic, and we are hope this will help,” Selen said.

The Corner Bistro, located in a corner portion of the College Plaza mall off Route 10 East in Randolph Township, has been open since 2014, but was forced to close for several months and lost customers for a period while still trying to pay expenses. The restaurant remains a popular eatery, with outdoor seating as well as a quiet indoor atmosphere that permits patrons to bring their own alcoholic beverages.

The pandemic ended the Bistro’s offer of twice-weekly, musical entertainment, but the owners indicate they are planning on returning the musicians.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

Related Articles

Back to top button