Glenn Kaplan, owner of Make Westing; Brian Crookes, owner of Oakland’s The Kebabery; Shirin Raza, owner of Oakland’s Bar Shiru; Elizabeth Frumusa, owner of Oakland’s Bellanico Restaurant; Martina Nemling,co-owner of Oakland’s Modern Coffee; Rhamy Kirdani, owner of Walnut Creek’s Twisted Times Restaurant; and Matt Dooling, co-owner of Walnut Creek’s North Canyon Cider Company, are among the East Bay business owners who have joined thousands more nationwide in formally asking the US Congress to “bail out Main Street” with stimulus funds during the Covid-19 crisis.

Signed thus far by over 12,000 small-business owners nationwide and processed through the Washington, DC-based SmallBusinessMajority.org advocacy outfit, the document addressed to Congress reads in part:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has left America’s small businesses and entrepreneurs on the brink of collapse through no fault of our own.…


By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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