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Downtown cafe opens, receives $50,000 grant

MTO Café, a new comfort food restaurant near Las Vegas City Hall, is the first business in fiscal year 2014 to be awarded a grant from the city of Las Vegas’ Quick Start Program.

MTO, which stands for “made to order,” received the maximum allowance.

“It’s great to have a program where you can recoup some of your expenses,” said Ben Sabouri, who co-owns the restaurant with Matt Moore.

Located at 500 S. Main St., MTO serves breakfast and lunch. Popular menu items include the avocado omelet, skuna bay salmon breakfast, hangover burger and fried apple rings, Sabouri said.

“It’s fresh comfort food and it’s a high quality product,” Sabouri said. “Come down and check us out.”

Ten businesses received Quick Start funding in fiscal year 2013, including Phantom Entertainment LCC, the company behind the embattled Krave nightclub, which closed down earlier this month after being denied a tavern license by the city.

Other recipients include the Gay & Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada ($45,000), bars Park on Fremont ($50,000) and Velveteen Rabbit ($34,625) and restaurant group Downtown Hipster LLC ($29,639), which owns Mingo Kitchen & Lounge.

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