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Burger restaurant, tattoo parlor receive Lockport grants

Stooges, a restaurant in Lockport's Old City Hall, and Ink and Style Tattoo were approved for grants Thursday from the City of Lockport Microenterprise Assistance Program.

Stooges, known for its stuffed hamburgers, will receive $15,000, and Ink and Style will receive $10,000, said Brian M. Smith, city planning and development director.

The payments are deferred loans, but Smith said they won't have to be repaid if the businesses meet hiring goals.

The Greater Lockport Development Corp., which approved the payments, also authorized Smith to hire the low bidder, once that company is determined, for about $300,000 worth of work at Harrison Place at Walnut and Washburn streets, improving space used by a monthly offseason indoor market. A $150,000 Empire State Development grant will be applied to that project.

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