Tender Loving Foods
My name is Sein, I belong to the Karen minority group in Myanmar. I grew up in a rural Karen village along the border with Thailand. I later came to America as a refugee.
For years I worked as a handyman, taking on construction and installation projects for restaurants and businesses in the Southeast Asian community in San Francisco. It is a wonderful community, with a lot of friendship and support within network.
In the last year, I decided to take my 8-month Buddhist sabbatical. Buddhist men in Myanmar go through this rite-of-passage, dedicating time to meditation and prayer. I shaved my head and became a vegetarian for that period of time.
Coming out of my Sabbatical, I was given the opportunity to co-own Tender Loving Food in the Tenderloin. I see it as a wonderful beginning to the next phase of my life.
This loan is special because:
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Tender Loving Food is a little place in the Tenderloin serving up a small, authentic Burmese menu. Under the mentorship of fellow Burmese restauranteur, William Lue, I am working hard with my other business partner to expand the menu to include traditional Karen dishes.
What is the purpose of this loan?
Our space still needs a lot of work! We’d like to give the storefront a new face lift, putting in a new awning. I’d also like to redo the circuitry and piping in the shop, much of it I can take on by myself.
To expand the menu to include Karen dishes, I need bring in a charcoal stove for roasting the skewers, and also additional fryers, one for veggies, one for meat, and one for seafood. We’re working with an electric stove for now, but we’d like to put in a gas stove for greater efficiency.
Years in operation: 6 months – 1 year
A loan of $9,975 helps Sein upgrade my new restaurant and expand my menu.