New Veteran Owned Sandwich Shops Survives Pandemic, But Still Needs Help – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

On a battlefield of major fast food chains along S. Loop 288 in Denton, veteran David Jordan’s new restaurant stops, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an ongoing battle.

“We have to take care of ourselves, we’re a bit guppy in a shark pond,” said Jordan.

He founded the Patriot Sandwich Company in February 2020. A month later, the pandemic started and everything shut down.

“The first year of a restaurant is always difficult, it’s always difficult, and one of the challenges it has been to open up in the midst of a global pandemic,” said Jordan.

He used a word to describe the past year. “HE double hockey sticks to be polite.”

The sandwich shop went from 10 to 3 employees and it was tough on him and his staff.

“We have good weeks and bad weeks,” he said. “We might have a good week and then three bad weeks.”

Jordan said he was planning to apply for a federal grant through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund so he could add more help.

On a battlefield of major fast food chains along S. Loop 288 in Denton, veteran David Jordan’s new restaurant stops, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an ongoing battle.

“I hope the Restaurant Revitalization Fund will help me hire more people so I can take some of the workload off my boys,” he said.

Women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged property owners can apply to claim the $ 28.6 billion fund that is part of the American Rescue Plan Act. Anyone can apply in three weeks.

Jordan said he was driven to keep his business alive because his proceeds will go to a local nonprofit called We Got Your 6 that helps homeless veterans.

It’s an issue that is personal to him because the 12 year old army veteran who served in Iraq was once homeless himself.

“Now I am doing everything I can to give back to the veteran community,” said Jordan. Six years ago he said he was in an animal shelter and planned to kill himself until a family member showed up and supported him.

“I posted a post on Facebook saying ‘bye everyone’, went back to the shelter, gave up all my belongings and walked down the street to kill myself in front of the truck and my cousin who works in Pasadena, Texas saw my post and took me to Texas and helped me get back on my feet, “said Jordan.

Now he’s an entrepreneur and his unique sandwich shop reflects his passion for the military.

“The military only runs in my family, it runs in my blood, I love it,” he said.

His business represents every branch of the military, and along with a sandwich, his business serves up a piece of history.

Each table is a bespoke shadow box that is used to store military memorabilia from people across the country. Some items are more than 100 years old.

The menu he created also pays homage to the military. For example, some of his sandwiches are called Private Meatball, Fiery Napalm, and Queen of the High Seas.

His main task now is to make his customers feel at home and offer a unique experience. While the past year has had its troubles, he knows that his business wouldn’t continue if it weren’t for the people who choose to go into his business.

“I know we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the church,” said Jordan.

According to the US Small Business Administration, the program will provide restaurants with funding to match their pandemic-induced loss of revenue of up to $ 10 million per business and no more than $ 5 million per physical location.

The minimum amount is $ 1,000.

Owners who receive money don’t have to pay back the financing. The only condition is that the funds must be used by March 11, 2023.

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