Center City presents facade grant to local restaurant | KAMR

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – Downtown Amarillo officials recently presented a frontage grant to a business in downtown Amarillo, adding to the more than $1.3 million in grants that the organization has invested in Amarillo.

According to a press release from the organization, the Center City Board of Trustees recently presented a $20,000 frontage grant to Braceros, a Mexican restaurant located at 727 S. Polk St. The building located at has been in downtown Amarillo since 1927, housing jewelry businesses as well as other restaurants.

Grant funds were used to restore the company’s neon sign on Polk Street, the statement said. While restoring the building, the owners restored the original hardwood floors and exposed brick walls from when it was built in 1927.

“Braceros is a great addition to the Polk Street entertainment district and downtown restaurant district. With its location near three downtown hotels, the restaurant will serve residents and visitors alike,” Center City executive director Beth Duke said in the release. “Center City is proud to have Braceros as our new downtown partner.”

The grant is a matching grant to help pay for signage and various exterior improvements to buildings in downtown Amarillo. The release says businesses within the downtown boundaries can apply for a frontage grant. After completing an application, a committee of volunteers makes recommendations on which companies receive the grants, and then the Center City Board of Directors makes the final decision.