Grant & Loan Awards: Crisp County


Crisp County

ESB Fund: $20,000

Awarded: 08/01/2007

Applicant: PlantersFirst (TJ's Italian-American Restaurant)

ESB loan guarantee to support the start-up of T.J.'s Italian American Restaurant, a moderately priced 80 seat family style Italian-American restaurant. The loan will be used to purchase equipment, furniture, fixtures and leasehold improvements. T.J.’s Italian American Restaurant, named for and once owned and operated by Tom and Jan Sears, was a successful business in Cordele for 20 years. The Sears’ son Robert Sears plans to re-establish the same friendly atmosphere and good food provided by his parents for many years. Future projected expansion of the business in 4 to 6 months will offer a full delivery service menu. Planters First Bank in Cordele is the lender.

Total Budgeted Project Cost: $40,000

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