Nattawat and Suey Kiattisak, owners of Flavors of Thai Restaurant
The East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (ELA BSC) helped Nattawat and Suey Kiattisak, owners of Flavors of Thai, secure federal loans to retain 17 employees. The ELA BSC also helped them successfully apply for the Los Angeles Al Fresco program, which has allowed them to stay open during COVID-19.

The husband and wife team founded Flavors of Thai in 2014, realizing a lifelong dream of opening a restaurant offering traditional Thai cuisine, however the restaurant suffered severe economic impacts due to the pandemic.

Helping Small Businesses survive COVID-19

The ELA BSC assisted the restaurant owners in securing Payment Protection Program (PPP) funds for payroll, thereby preventing layoffs. One of the main concerns of the business owners was their employees, as many of them depend on the restaurant for their day-to-day livelihood. Given the urgency of the situation, the ELA BSC provided additional loan packaging assistance to help the couple also secure an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) from the U.S. Small Business Administration to keep their business going.

Soon after, the restaurant was impacted by the recent public demonstrations in Los Angeles and their restaurant suffered significant physical damage. The ELA BSC helped Flavors of Thai overcome this additional challenge, on top of the pandemic, by steering them to the City’s resources for Small Businesses.

Flavors of Thai received a City of Los Angeles Small Business Emergency Microloan and they received approval to participate in the L.A. Al Fresco program, which has allowed them to remain open.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of September 14, 2020. Read this issue and more.