Chef Aaron J. Perez of all-natural gourmet eatery VaKA Burger
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center assisted Chef Aaron J. Perez in securing a $200,000 Small Business Administration loan that will allow him to expand all-natural gourmet eatery VaKA Burger to a new location at 3107 Beverly Boulevard in LA’s Rampart Village neighborhood.

Mr. Perez launched VaKa Burger in 2013, amassing a following for its grass-fed burgers that resulted in positive reviews in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine and Eater LA.

VaKA Burger had modest beginnings, starting at temporary locations twice a week then transitioning to a roving food truck before moving into a brick and mortar location at the back of the Ramirez Liquor Store in Boyle Heights.

In spring 2017, Mr. Perez met with a consultant at the Hollywood BusinessSource Center to receive assistance in applying for a loan to move into a permanent location. The expansion will create 10 new jobs and allow Mr. Perez to expand the VaKA Burger menu.

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES Newsletter from the week of 7/10/2017. Read this issue and more.