Carl

48th Street Grille

Philadelphia, PA

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Personal Story

Mr. Lewis has experience launching and running a wide range of restaurants, including working with Intercontinental Hotels, Marriott Corporation, and the five-star, five-diamond Homestead Hotel.

48th Street Grille has emerged as a result of a longtime dream of Mr. Lewis to expand the catering business and to launch his own, independently owned and operated restaurant. Taking advantage of the skills and experience he gained through nearly four decades of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, Mr. Lewis plans to offer his guests a delectable and relaxing dining experience.

My fascination for culinary arts started at a very young age, I would watch my mother who was an excellent cook, prepared some tastiest Jamaican cuisines from scratch, and then tried to duplicates those dishes. Later on in my junior years in school, I would to go to the kitchen once a week to help. It was then that I had my first exposure to commercial cooking.

During my senior year I was given the opportunity a technical school run by the Jamaican Military. I was there for approximately 3 years and was exposed to the culinary arts, baking and other types of cooking. In the early 70’s which was still an early part of my life, I had an offer to work with a very wealthy family. The wanted a butler, but I didn’t know anything about being a butler. I was hired anyway by this family who was willing to give me a chance, soon they hired a professional butler from Miami who came down Jamaica and spent about a year teaching me the fine art of being a butler, I was exposed to classical French and European cuisine. I worked with this family for over two years and decided that it was time for me explore opportunities in the Hotel Industry. I did so by joining the Intercontinental Hotel Chain as an apprentice cook at the age of 20.

I spent 3 years under the mentorship of several Jamaican, Swiss, German and French Chef learning the fine arts of cooking and working my way up through ranks in the kitchen brigade system.

I was still yearning to learn more and gain more experience so I started working in several local Asian restaurants acquiring the fine arts of Asians cuisines. After which I decided to return to the hotel industry, after working in several small resort hotels including the them famous Eaton Hall Resort where I was privileged host several meal for the G7 Summit which was held in Jamaica, I was given to work in several large resort hotels in Kingston and Ocho Rios before joining the Homestead Hotel in Hot Spring Virginia in 1980 before joining the Marriott hotels in 1982 with a combined history of 20 years of service and 7 years at Temple University Hospital.

My career has spanned over several areas of the hospitality industry
Over these years I mentored several young chef and cooks.
My Passion, Dream and Vision is to continue to develop and mentor young and upcoming chefs.

48th Street Grille would allow me to create opportunity for several young individuals in the neighborhood and outside, an opportunity to learn culinary arts. In summary I have a wealth of knowledge for others, and want to give back as much as I can

Business Description

48th Street Grille’s mission is to be an affordable, full-service neighborhood restaurant offering fresh, modern American-Caribbean cuisine in a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant will attract customers from throughout the greater Philadelphia area with its unique blend of American and Caribbean flavors. The restaurant will target a wide variety of clientele including families, singles, couples, and students, all of whom seek additional dining options in a community with few sit-down restaurants. Furthermore, Catering by Carl Lewis will continue to operate to serve the broader Philadelphia region and supplement the restaurant revenues.

48th Street Grille seeks to exceed the expectations of its diners with high-quality service. Friendly, helpful staff and efficient management will enhance the dining experience.

My greatest challenge as a startup business are to obtain startup financing

48th Street Grille has emerged as a result of a longtime dream of Mr. Lewis to expand the Catering business and to launch his own, independently owned and operated restaurant. Taking advantage of the skills and experience he gained through more nearly four decades of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, Mr. Lewis plans to offer his guests a delectable and relaxing dining experience.

What is the purpose of this loan?

The purpose of this loan will be used to purchase equipment for my restaurant.

The cost of equipment:
POS $10,000
Kitchen Equipment $62,377
Equipment Total $72,377

Carl's loan is endorsed by Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians. The information below explains why his trustee thinks Carl is a great candidate for a Kiva Zip loan.
How long have you known this person?

6 months - 1 year

Tell us about your relationship with this borrower.

Carl is an entrepreneur and a strong member of his community who would like to start a business that is centered in the community where he lives and where we work.

Tell us about this borrower's personality and character, and why you are endorsing him or her for a Kiva Zip loan.

Carl is a man of integrity and highly respected member of his community and church. I am endorsing Carl because his business mission is making money and giving back to his community. When his business succeeds, his community succeeds.

Tell us about this borrower's business, and why you believe a Kiva Zip loan will contribute to his or her success.

Based on Carl's market research and business model, his chances of success are very high. Carl has decades of experience as a head chef and he is currently taking business management classes to boost his knowledge and he is open to learn new things. Carl is under our incubation program and there we will be there guiding him all through out the life of the loan. I am confident that his business is being built on a firm foundation.

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PAYING BACK

A loan of $5,000 helps me to buy a refrigerated dessert display unit for my restaurant.

Disbursed Jan 16, 2014
Repayment Term:
24 monthly payments
Grace Period:
6 months
Listed:
Oct 31, 2013
Disbursed:
Jan 16, 2014
Paying Back:
Jan 16, 2014

About 48th Street Grille

Industry:
Restaurant / Caterers
Years in Operation:
New Business
Badges:
Badge connectedness gold small

What are Borrower Badges?

Borrower Badges are a system designed to recognize and reward borrowers’ engagement with the Kiva Zip website.

There are two types of badges that are tiered like medals: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

  1. 'Repayment badges' are awarded for the on-time repayment of loans.
  2. 'Connectedness badges' are awarded for engagement with the Kiva Zip website.

This loan is endorsed by

Trustee Type:
Nonprofit Economic Development
Tier:
First Tier trustee
Location:
Philadelphia, PA
On Zip Since:
Oct 31, 2013
(22 months)
Loans Endorsed:
4
Total Value:
$13,500
Fundraising/Raised:
0
Paying on Time:
3
Paying Back Late:
0
Repaid in Full:
Not enough data
Defaulted:
Not enough data
Repayment Rate:
100%
Why are you endorsing Carl?

Carl is a man of integrity and highly respected member of his community and church. I am endorsing Carl because his business mission is making money and giving back to his community. When his business succeeds, his community succeeds.

What are Trustee Badges?

Trustee Badges are a system designed to recognize and reward trustees’ engagement with the Kiva Zip website.

There are two types of badges that are tiered like medals: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

  1. 'Repayment badges' are awarded for the on-time repayment of loans.
  2. 'Connectedness badges' are awarded for engagement with the Kiva Zip website.