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Total loan: $10,000
Pittsburgh, PA, United States / Food
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A loan helped to expand our current take-out restaurant to a larger sit-down facility. This would create a more relaxing and family-oriented atmosphere, which would allow families and friends to come together and fellowship.
I have been cooking for over 35 years. I worked in numerous restaurant in the Pittsburgh, PA area. My wife Melanie has been cooking for over 25 years. My wife and I both have an extensive passion for cooking, serving and entertaining people of all walks of life. We used to reminisce about how our families would get together during holidays and family dinners when we were growing up. We would discuss how we were unfamiliar with processed food because our mothers and grandmothers would prepare our food from scratch, using only fresh ingredients. During these gatherings, family members would communicate with one another and learn what was going on in the others lives. As we remembered those times, we would feel happy and excited just like we did back then. We realized those experiences were priceless. In September 1995, I lost my mother and in November 1995, my wife lost her grandmother. Both of these special ladies were our families’ matriarchs. My wife and I did not want our families to lose touch after their deaths; so, we decided to host a family and friend Christmas party at our home that year. The only mandated thing to bring to the party was your self, this way there was no reason for someone not to come. The two of us prepared and provided all of the food, which was all home-made. The party was such a success, that we held it for 17 years. Many friends and families were able to connect and fellowship with one another. Friends, family and eating healthy are so important to both my wife and I that we decided to open a soul food restaurant that provides healthy meals and a place for folks to be able to fellowship with one another.