Delivery App DoorDash Awards 45 San Diego Businesses With $5,000 Grants

March 4, 2021

Third-party delivery app DoorDash and multichannel business assistance platform Hello Alice have awarded 45 San Diego businesses with $5,000 grants as part of round 2 of the DoorDash Local Restaurant Grants program.

Part of DoorDash’s expanded Main Street Strong pledge to help restaurants recover and succeed amid COVID-19-related challenges, this latest round provides hundreds of grants to small businesses throughout the United States and Canada. Each recipient has three or fewer locations, grossed less than $3 million in revenue per store during 2019, and employs 50 or fewer people per store. 

A total of 45 San Diego businesses were awarded $5,000 grants, including Pokewan, Mary's Gourmet Salads, Aladdin Hillcrest, Break Point, GIHON Ethiopian Kitchen, Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream, Amardeen, Yogurt on the Rocks, Cote d'Azur, Happytime Tea, Bravos Mexican Bistro and Cantina, Crossroads Deli, Szechuan Spicy House, Deja Brew Lounge, Soichi, Starlite, Gaslamp Tavern, The Red Door, Pho Poway Noodle House, Café 160, Tatsuki SD Artisan Noodle (been permanently closed for months), The Cork and Craft, Tony's Pizza, The Pizza Joint, Buga Korean BBQ, Zen A Modern Asian Bistro, GoGo Sushi, Spitfire Tacos, Boomerang's Gourmet Burger Joint, Trailer Park After Dark, Convoy Tofu House, Barrio Donas, Tahini, Alforon, Pho Saigon Bliss, Steamy Piggy, Knotty Barrel Gastropub, Rice Chicken, Parma Cucina Italiana, Addis, Thai Time Old Town, Rosa's Pizza, Full Moon, Pho Bo Resturant, and Lit'l Pepper Gourmet. Grants will be paid out daily, on a rolling basis, and recipients can expect to receive the funds no later than Monday, May 10, 2021.

In 2020 as a reaction to the hardships restaurants were facing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, DoorDash announced its Main Street Strong winter grant program, which initially allocated $2 million to small restaurants across Chicago, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and San Jose as they confronted the challenges wrought by COVID-19 during the cold weather months. In mid-November, DoorDash announced that as part of its five-year, $200 million Main Street Strong Pledge to empower local communities, they would be expanding that grant program to $10 million and allowing for restaurants from more cities, including San Diego, to apply for a one-time $5,000 grant. Restaurants were not required to be on the DoorDash platform to be eligible.

Learn more about the DoorDash Local Restaurant Grants program by visiting