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The Classics

Meet the 25 Historic Restaurants Across America Honored in $1 Million Grant Program


You know we love classic restaurants here at Resy. Today, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation announce the 25 historic and culturally significant restaurants in the U.S. that will receive $1 million in funding through the Backing Historic Small Restaurants Grant Program.

Each restaurant will receive $40,000; the funding will help each restaurant enhance restaurant exteriors, build new outdoor seating areas, and upgrade online businesses to help mitigate operating costs as they work to recover from the financial impacts of the pandemic. The hope? To ensure that these legacy restaurants are able to survive this crisis stronger than ever, and that their stories continue to be told, because in turn, these restaurants represent the stories of our cities and our communities.

All selected grantees are restaurants owned by underrepresented groups, particularly those in the Black, Latinx, and Asian communities. The restaurants were selected by American Express, in partnership with the National Trust, with input from a chef advisory committee assembled by Resy consisting of chefs Deborah VanTrece, Edouardo Jordan, and Kwame Onwuachi.

Galloway’s Landing Bar & Restaurant

  • Since 1951 | Boqueron, P.R.

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Lee Lee’s Baked Goods

  • Since 1971 | New York City

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Wanda J’s Next Generation Soul Food Restaurant

  • Since 1974 | Tulsa

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