Renovating Pizzeria with New Vertical Garden Entry Way - (Waterloo, IA) $60,000
Taxpayers who visit Tony's Trattoria in Waterloo, Iowa may literally get to taste the results of a federal grant. The pizzeria received $60,000 in federal funding to improve the property's facade and give it a more inviting feel. Specifically, customers using the back entrance will now be greeted by a vertical garden, which will "provide the restaurant herbs such as basil, cilantro and rosemary." It is part of a green design that some are hoping will help make the restaurant more attractive to patrons. While the design will only be noticeable to those who use the rear entrance, the restaurant manager insists, "The rear of the building needs to be as exciting as the front." Proud owner Tony Tomlyanovich noted "it wouldn't be nearly as impressive if we didn't get the grant."