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How Small Restaurants Raise Money

Chef-restaurateurs Maya Lovelace and Esther Choi talk food and funding on the Eater Upsell

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Maya Lovelace cooking at her restaurant Mae
Dina Avila

This week on the Eater Upsell podcast, we talk to two restaurateurs about how to raise money to start their businesses.

Portland chef and Eater Young Gun Maya Lovelace is using a combination of Kickstarter and sweetheart loans to fund her new counter service meat ‘n’ three, Yonder. She discusses the desire to own your own business outright but the anxiety and doubt that comes alongside asking your fans and followers for funding.

New York chef (and Eater host) Esther Choi has raised money for her restaurants MokBar and Ms. Yoo in a few different ways to varying success. She discusses how hard it can be to go back to the well when costs inevitably balloon.

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