Tamarisk Restaurant is a locally owned restaurant that sits on the banks of the river in Green River, UT. Originally established in 1979 the current owners purchased it in 2014 and gave it a much needed remodel. The Tamarisk serves American and Mexican comfort foods to hungry travelers, many of whom are visiting the many national and state parks southeastern Utah.

Tamarisk Restaurant is one of the many businesses that received a Mainstreet Preservation Grant. According to Josh Rowley, “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on our business; because our customer base is almost entirely tourism centered including many international guests and those from across the country. Due to the completely understandable and necessary restrictions placed on tourism and travel in general, our sales have dropped to approximately 10% of what they were last year at this time.

“The Mainstreet Preservation Grant has helped us immensely in this uncertain time and we are so grateful to have received it. We have used the funds to purchase much needed PPE and supplies we needed because of the pandemic like masks and large quantities of hand sanitizer, as well as other ongoing monthly costs.”

Learn more about Tamarisk Restaurant: tamariskrestaurant.com.

The Mainstreet Preservation Grant, provided by the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah Job Opportunities Foundation, is made possible thanks to a $500,000 donation from WCF Insurance. The grant funds are used to support rural and/or minority small businesses in Utah that need immediate assistance due to the COVID-19 and before federal stimulus funding is accessed. These grant funds are intended to help businesses in the short-term. To donate or learn more about the Mainstreet Preservation Grant, visit slchamber.com/mainstreet-preservation-grant.