Another chain restaurant, Kura Sushi USA, is giving back small business funds

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After blowback, Kura Sushi USA chain said it will return $6 million in funding

The Kura Sushi USA restaurant chain canceled a $5.98 million federal small business loan after outrage from small business advocates and policymakers over national restaurant and hotel companies obtaining millions in funds from the program before it ran dry last week. In a statement the company posted on its website, the company’s president and chief executive, Jimmy Uba, said that Kura Sushi USA played by the rules set out by lawmakers but had no idea how intense the competition for funding would be. In a filing Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said it was returning the money. “This was a difficult decision because our employees are extremely important to us, but it’s impossible to ignore the fact that our finances allow us to weather financial hardship for a longer period than independent restaurant owners,” Uba said. “We hope that these funds will be shared equitably among deserving candidates.”

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