Patrons SCORE with Farm Provisions
Free business mentoring service helps young couple open restaurant
It always begins with a dream and so it was with Ryan and Brittany Peters. Ryan trained at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute and then did his externship at the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida. He eventually went to work at the Tonto Bar and Grill in Cave Creek where he progressed to Back of House Director and Executive Chef. Brittany began working at the Tonto Bar and Grill directly after high school. She advanced through many levels, and eventually became the on-site Wedding Planner.
After Brittany’s father purchased a home in Walker, the couple began spending more time in the area and fell in love with this high mountain community. It was while they were socializing and talking about not being able to find a loan to begin their restaurant that they were referred to SCORE. After they signed up, they were paired with Dick Milon, whose extensive career was spent in many aspects of the food service industry.
The work then began in earnest. Milon helped them to get a loan – not an easy task for a beginning restaurant. The search for an appropriate location was under way with help from other SCORE volunteers. Milon sat with the Peters and mapped out a game plan for them to follow. The Peters took employment classes from Laura Hamblin, PLLC, in Prescott and diligently researched local farms for quality provisions including their meats as well as produce. All of this resulted in the restaurant opening at 148 N. Montezuma St. in Prescott on May 19, 2018.
“This success is due to the Peters always following up thoroughly on each suggestion they were given, from obtaining the SBA loan, to finding the location, to training their staff,” Milon said.
Those dreaming of opening their own business or who want some expert guidance for their existing business can sign up to be matched with a SCORE mentor by calling 928-778-7438 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information provided by Ginni Trask Comstock, SCORE Communications Contractor