Torrington’s Sliders received PPP funds, but still closed

TORRINGTON — According to a recently released report from the federal Small Business Administration (SBA), Southington based Sliders Grill and Bar received $292,252 in a loan issued by the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for its now-closed location in Torrington.
The program was created by the federal government’s $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act aka the CARES Act.
The $669-billion PPP business loan program, implemented by the SBA, was enacted to help businesses, self-employed workers, nonprofit organizations, tribal businesses, and sole proprietors continue to pay their employees.
Torrington’s Sliders was located at 84 Main Street, right next to The Warner Theater.
According to the report, Sliders was approved for its PPP application on April 12 to support 72 jobs.
However, the restaurant would close a few weeks later in early June.
The restaurant chain received PPP funds for some of its other locations, including $352,420 for its Wallingford location, $343,940 for its Plainville location, and $291,657 for its Middletown location.
In a press release issued by the company at the time of the closing of its Torrington location, the company stated that all staff members would be offered positions at other Sliders locations.
According to its website, Sliders currently has five locations in the state.
The Winsted Phoenix contacted the company for this story but has not received a response.