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Aug 19, 2016 3:02 PM ET

Archived: Aisha: Pinky Jamaican and American Restaurant – traditional cuisine mixed with modern-day fusion keeps its customers loyal and spreading the word

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 19, 2016


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Aisha’s story

Raised in Baltimore, Maryland, I never imagined that entrepreneurship would be the headline of my life goals. Growing up in A Jamaican household, I was always a custom to the traditional Caribbean way of life. One thing for sure, I was taught to be a hard worker and be self sufficient. At the age of 18, I moved to Atlanta to matriculate at a 4 year university. Upon graduation, I took my talents to Los Angeles California where i became a Television Producer. From Los Angeles to Stamford, Connecticut I soon became A Producer at NBCUniversals The Maury Show. With money saved and a drive to be an entrepreneur, I opened my first Business, Pinky’s Jamaican and American Restaurant. Upon its conception two years ago, Pinky’s is the only restaurant in Harlem that mixes traditional Jamaican flare with modern day soul food. The flavor of the food alone entices one to want to travel to the island of Jamaica! In 5 years, Pinky’s will be in at least 4 states and will be able to be franchised to potential business owners. 

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It helps a woman entrepreneur build her restore and build her business back up.

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Business Description

Pinky’s Jamaican and American restaurant was founded in July of 2014. Pinky’s traditional cuisine mixed with modern-day fusion keeps its customers loyal and spreading the word on the foods goodness. Whether you’re in the mood for Ackee and salt fish, or the most flavorful jerk chicken, Pinky’s is where you need to be. People travel far and wide and wait in line to get a taste of what Pinky’s is really all about. What sets this restaurant apart from the others is the tropical experience from the minute you walk through the door. Pinky’s also takes pride in serving the community and has donated food to several non- Profit organizations and events. Unfortunately on June 17th, Pinky’s had a grease fire that caused the business to temporarily close its doors. A loan from Kiva would help to purchase equipment that was damaged due to the fire and repair structural damage in order to reopen our doors. A loan from Kiva will aid in reposition Pinky’s as the best Jamaican and American Restaurant in Harlem.

What is the purpose of this loan?

Replace and fix parts for hooding system (motor damaged from fire) Replace 3 required fire extinguisher units Re-do the drop ceiling in the entire (water damage) Re-place fixtures damaged by the fire Hire an electrician to re-wire the restaurant. Buy a new deep freezer destroyed by the heat of the blaze Re-do the bathroom (water damage and pipes burst along with vanity destroyed.) Hire a plumber to fix broken pipes by dishwashing area Plumber will also fix plumbing in the basement (water damage to basement of restaurant) Replace stove Replace deep fryer parts damaged by the blaze. Replace register Replace store front window broken by the fire department Pay about 5 contracted workers to do the job. Buy material from home depot Hire a carting company (garbage removal) to remove the debree from the restaurant. Re buy seasonings, meat, and goods all destroyed in restaurant.

About Pinky Jamaican and American Restaurant

Industry: Food
Years in operation: 1 year – 3 years

A loan of $10,000 helps replace equipment, and rebuild my store back to working order.

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