Stevie’s Creole Café in Mid-Wilshire
The Central West Region BusinessSource Center provided financial guidance and loan assistance to a former child actor, helping him and his business partner realize their dream of opening a Southern Creole restaurant in Los Angeles.

Stephen Perry worked as a child actor, appearing in films such as “Raisin in the Sun,” “The Sound and the Fury,” and TV shows including “The Twilight Zone” and “The Mod Squad.”

Stephen transitioned to the restaurant business in 1986. He and his business partner Rita Linton, opened Stevie’s Creole Café in 2016.

After investing their savings on tenant improvements to bring their Mid-Wilshire restaurant space up to code with the health department, Stephen and Rita needed additional funding to open the business.

A loan counselor at the Central West Region BusinessSource Center assisted with financials and analyzed their business and cash flow. The counselor also hepled them with their application and they were able to secure a $60,000 small business loan.

With ongoing help from the BSC, Stevie’s Creole Café will celebrate its 1-year anniversary next month, where it will continue to serve its signature dishes: smokey fried chicken and banana corn bread.

Stephen and Rita said, “We are looking forward to growing our business and we are grateful for the service we received from the Central West BusinessSource Center. Without their help and support, we would not have been able to get the business running!"

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES Newsletter from the week of 10/02/2017. Read this issue and more.