Cheryl's Southern Style Restaurant

When Cheryl Stevens came to the Widener University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), she was operating her southern style cooking business out of a small pick-up window. She dreamed of one day expanding her business into a sit down restaurant. In June of 2009, thanks to help from the SBDC, her dream came to realization, as she was able to move into a location on East 4th Street in Chester with the help of the Widener SBDC.

Cheryl envisioned using the restaurant as a vehicle for bringing joy into people's lives by serving delicious, homemade soul food in a clean, inviting environment, surrounded by inspirational gospel music and Christian videos.

Months before, Cheryl had begun coming to the SBDC for business counseling and guidance in achieving her goals. Under the guidance of Widener SBDC director Glenn McAllister, Cheryl saw her small pick-up window transform into the restaurant and catering business that she had been working towards. McAllister, along with providing financial and business guidance to Cheryl, also brought in students from the Widener School of Hospitality Management to advise her on the layout of the new restaurant.

As Cheryl says, “I feel blessed to have my new business and the SBDC has been extremely supportive in helping me achieve my success.”

Since opening her new restaurant site in June, which is strategically located across from the Chester City Hall, Cheryl has seen business picking up and customers piling into her “Southern Style” kitchen. Her name and business is even becoming a hot topic around the county, as she was featured in the Delco Times. In March, Cheryl was chosen by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc’s Pennsylvania Chapter as the recipient of the annual Madam C.J. Walker Award for 2010.

The SBDC wishes Cheryl the best in her business endeavors, and checks in with her every now and then to make sure business is running smoothly.