Brandi Watson got her new Easton restaurant started on a wing and a prayer and a microloan. And now it’s official.
Watson's Ms. Brandi's a Wing and a Prayer Restaurant and Catering had its grand opening on Wednesday.
"I'm overjoyed with the reaction," Watson said this morning. "All the people that came out, even with the rain, to see such a big crowd was almost overwhelming."
The soul-food style takeout and catering company was the first Lehigh Valley recipient of a loan through the Sam Adams Brewing the American Dream program.
Watson received an $11,500 loan through the Rising Tide Community Loan Fund of the Lehigh Valley, through its partnership with the national Sam Adams program.
A Wing and a Prayer will offer light fare, including wraps, salads and fresh fruit during the week, and traditional soul food such as ribs, greens and chicken and waffles spotlighted on weekends.
Chris Hudock, director of the Rising Tide, said he was excited to see the doors finally open on the restaurant.
"Brandi has been working on this for years. It's just a perfect situation," Hudock said.
He noted that beyond the funding that Sam Adams provided for the loan, the Brewing the American Dream program is providing ongoing business coaching that will further help the business.
"It's going to set her on the right path to grow and succeed," he said.
Microloans are still available through the program. According to Hudock, small businesses in the food, beverage and hospitality industries can apply for loans of $500 to $13,000, or as high as $25,000 in some cases.
For more information, visit www.btad.samueladams.com.