Small Business Spotlight

A restaurant acquisition loan with heart: Booker's Restaurant & Bar

A successful business owner, awarded on the national stage, faced a road block in his SBA 7(a) loan journey. Find out how Ready Capital came through.

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Loan Purpose

The Small Business

Booker's Restaurant & Bar

Philadelphia, PA

The Financing Challenge

The financing challenge

Through many stages of life, entrepreneur Tracey Syphax reinvented himself. He was formerly incarcerated in his youth, and rebounded not just as an individual, but as a nationally recognized voice in reentry advocacy.

Today, despite decades of successful real estate entrepreneurship, becoming an award-winning author and documentary contributor, a 2014 President Obama “White House Champion of Change, and receiving a pardon by Governor Christie in 2017, Tracey still could not easily access small business financing. He aimed to purchase an established Philadelphia restaurant with his wife, Cheri, a highly successful sales director, and it took a dedicated team willing to go above and beyond to get their deal done.

Loan Scenario

Here's what our borrowers brought to Ready Capital

Strong assets and cash

Though their experience with full-service restaurants was limited, the borrowers brought strong entrepreneurial experience, assets, and cash.

Restrictions based on the past

Restrictions that stonewalled the borrower’s equitable access to capital based solely on being impacted by the judicial system nearly half a century prior.

Tight deadline

In the final weeks of the deal, restrictions put the timeline of the deal in jeopardy.


The Business Development Officer (BDO) in charge engaged the Ready Capital team across business functions who worked tirelessly on the deal. Everyone from the CEO to In-house Legal Counsel to Chief Credit Officer employed an empathetic, collaborative approach throughout the process, ultimately advocating on the borrower’s behalf.

Reliable Results

Story-driven SBA lending with a service-first mindset

“When many small business borrowers come to Ready Capital, they share that they feel they are not being treated compassionately. Lenders are not anticipating the borrower’s wants and needs nor taking the time to understand their story. They lack an empathetic, service-level approach. This is the largest debt obligation most of these entrepreneurs will ever make in their life. Their deals should be treated with that level of attention, detail and respect.” 

– David Hulit, VP, Business Development Officer

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