A $45,000 donation was given to David Jordan, owner of Patriot Sandwich Co., to reopen in Texas according to a Dallas Morning News article from March 28. They say,
“Restaurant owner David Jordan, an Army veteran who spent one year serving in Iraq, closed the shop in November 2021. He ran out of money, he says. He was counting on $86,000 in Restaurant Revitalization Fund money that was approved but never paid.
The funds were blocked by anti-discrimination lawsuits that argued that giving priority to business owners because of their race and gender was unconstitutional. The Small Business Administration gave $28.6 billion to other business owners, and Patriot Sandwich Co. got nothing.
“I had no idea what I was going to do with myself,” he says. He owed about $20,000 in rent to the landlord. “I was looking at having to have judgments placed against me, because they were going to come after me personally for the money. I was scared I was going to lose everything.”
While incredibly delighted and emotional, David Jordan will be holding off on his own and run his restaurant alone according to an NBC 5 DFW article from March 29 which reports,
“My life is just going down the drain, and she goes, ‘Well, I want to help,’” said Jordan.
Even with his financial struggles, Jordan donates a portion of his proceeds to We Got Your Six, a non-profit that assists homeless veterans, which he once was.
And for a restaurant with the motto “changing the world one sandwich at a time,” it was one person who changed the world for its owner.
“It makes me want to cry,” Jordan said. “It shows me that there are still good people in the world. It shows me that people believe in my mission and believe what I’m trying to do.”
Despite the donation and the rising prices of ingredients and rents, Jordan will not raise his prices as he stands by his principle to help raise awareness concerning homeless veterans and that he is not out there to get rich.