Tanya Holland started Brown Sugar Kitchen on January 15th, 2008. Her soul food restaurant offered full service dining and some catering. Tanya’s first restaurant was so successful that she leapt at the opportunity to expand to a second location. “We needed to expand since the first business has limited seating and hours and the demand for our product was great, and still is. We’re still busting at the seams now, with 45 minute to hour long waits at both places,” said Tanya about her growing empire.
Tanya found out about OBDC from a neighbor who works at the organization. In 2011, Brown Sugar Kitchen received a $50,000 SBA Microloan from Oakland Business Development Corporation (OBDC) to cover renovations to Tanya Holland’s 60 seat restaurant in West Oakland. The renovations included new flooring, kitchen equipment and a new grease trap. A portion of the proceeds was also used as working capital.
OBDC provided feedback on her... Read More