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Restaurant Recovery Loan Program

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The City of Palm Desert is seeking applicants for its Unite Palm Desert Restaurant Recovery loan program.  The City has earmarked $800,000 for the program, which is designed to aid restaurants facing shut down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related State of California public health orders.

Loans are available in $5,000 increments plus $1,000 per full time equivalent employee up to a total of $10,000 per establishment.

Loans will not require repayment if applicant complies with State public health orders. Participating restaurants must offer take-out and, if available, delivery services while retaining the number of employees listed in the application through May 31, 2021 in order for loans to be considered for forgiveness. Applications will be accepted online beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, January 20, until 11:59 p.m. on January 31. A completed, signed application and the accompanying documentation is required:

  • Current business license
  • W-9
  • Employment count pre-COVID (FTEs)
  • Most recent tax record

Recipients can expect funds in about 30 days following an executed loan agreement.

For more information about the program and eligibility, please email or call the City’s business support hotline at 760-776-6362.

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Why Palm Desert?

Location, Location, Location

Palm Desert is the geographic center of the Coachella Valley and is conveniently located next to major transportation arteries including rail, Interstate 10, Highway 111, and Highway 74 and within 120 miles of Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. As the Valley’s center, a vast majority of the 800,000 visitors, residents and employees pass through Palm Desert or a routine basis.

Strong Retail

Palm Desert has prided itself on being the center of commerce for the Valley. With all the major retail brands, you can find almost everything you need within in Palm Desert. Palm Desert is home to the region’s only mall, Westfield Mall, which includes dozens of the brands and stores you enjoy in other urban areas. Our El paseo shopping experience includes high end, unique boutiques as well as many of the major brands you know. Shop the Gardens, the Shoppes on El Paseo and all of the merchants along El Paseo for an unparalleled shopping experience.

Education Hub

Palm Desert is the education hub of the Valley. As the only City within Coachella Valley with a branch of California State University and a stand-alone campus of the College of the Desert, Palm Desert offers education from K-12 and beyond that meets a variety of educational needs of our community. Thousands of students enjoy classes at California State University San Bernardino – Palm Desert Campus. Consider Palm Desert as your regional education partner.


Palm Desert prides itself on its business friendly climate. There is a long standing history of Palm Desert being the center of business for the Coachella Valley. Our Economic Development staff is dedicated to ensuring your business relocation or expansion efforts are smooth and efficient. We have “one stop” development services, along with dedicated staff that will assist you in your business needs from getting a business license to building your newest project.

Year-Round Destination

Palm Desert is a unique destination in the Coachella Valley – all year round. Shops, businesses and destinations operate 12 months out of the year, and will eventually include a year round surf resort destination, the Dsrt Surf. From hiking to biking, walking to shopping, Palm Desert serves the Valley truly as a year round City. Our winter months offer exciting opportunities that include Fashion Week, our Food and Wine Festival and many other events. Spring and Summer months include festival season and many outdoor leisure activities for you to find your Happy Pace.


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Fast casual, healthy-fresh restaurants


Movie Taverns


Food Halls


4 & 5 Star Flags


Boutique Hotels

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Tourism/Recreational Retail and Services


Sports/Active Lifestyle Retail and Services


High Avg. HH income Products ($100K+)


Tech/Electronic Commerce


The City of Palm Desert has been a great partner to The Gardens on El Paseo as it relates to getting tenants and businesses open on time and on budget. With 95% of the year being nothing but sunshine, it’s a place we are happy to call home.

Patrick Klein

General Manager, The Gardens on El Paseo

Get In Touch

For more information, call MARTIN ALVAREZ, Director of Economic Development at:

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