Elizabeth Peterson Gower, owner of Clayton’s Public House in downtown LA, poses under her Victorian-era style portrait in the restaurant
The West Valley BusinessSource Center (WVBSC) provided technical assistance, and over the course of several years, helped entrepreneur Elizabeth Peterson-Gower obtain a $650,000 loan to open Clayton’s Public House, a Victorian style pub in the Spring Arcade Building, a Los Angeles Landmark Building in Downtown Los Angeles’ (DTLA) Historic Core.

The establishment retained two jobs and created 45 jobs.

Elizabeth and her husband Tony Gower previously owned Royal Clayton’s, an English pub in DTLA’s Arts District that shuttered in 2011. In May 2015, Elizabeth first visited the WVBSC, run by EWDD partner VEDC, to reopen Clayton’s in a new location.

Working with the WVBSC, Elizabeth received a $650,000 loan, help to get an employment identification number, and assistance to file for Clayton’s business license in June 2016.

“Everybody was so great there,” she said.

In January 2017, as Elizabeth became ready to staff the restaurant and needed assistance with job hiring, the WVBSC referred her to the Canoga Park South Valley WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner ResCare. The WVBSC continued to work closely with Elizabeth by providing additional consulting and solutions as she faced construction delays and challenges with kitchen staff.

Elizabeth said Clayton’s is now currently increasing sales on a monthly basis. The West Valley BusinessSource Center and VEDC are proud to have played an important role in Clayton’s success.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry, who represented DTLA in her previous role as City Councilwoman for CD9, said, “I am proud that EWDD’s BusinessSource and WorkSource Centers were able to help Clayton’s Public House re-open in Downtown LA’s Historic Core,” she said. “Clayton’s is a beautiful addition to the Spring Arcade and just the type of small business, neighborhood establishment that the City needs and EWDD supports. We hope that longtime downtowners and new residents will enjoy Clayton’s for many years to come.”



EWDD’s BusinessSource and WorkSource Centers offer a variety of Business Services, including several Financial and Development Incentive Programs and a Small Business Loan Program. Learn how EWDD can help.


This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of December 3, 2018. Read this issue and more.