Success Story: by Massimo Tabacco, owner of Amici Miei a Café and wine bar in Bridgeport, CT

Funding: $60,000+

The opportunity

“I’ve been in the restaurant industry for over 30 years, starting out in New York City – and had built another profitable business in another industry. But after starting a family and moving to Connecticut, I wanted to take advantage of my extensive background to create a successful restaurant.

So I opened Amici Miei, a café and wine bar that serves delicious food at an affordable price. But to keep up with growth, I needed new kitchen equipment to serve more food more quickly.”


The challenges

“I did approach banks for financing, but that can be slow. During that time I was contacted by a representative about applying for a merchant cash advance instead of a loan. I admit I was a bit hesitant, but I’m glad I did.“


How 1st Merchant Funding helped

“Working with 1st Merchant Funding is easier than with a bank – and the service is excellent.

The daily debits mean I don’t have to worry about monthly payments. And because the 1st Merchant Funding team understands trends in my business, I can continue to take small advances to meet specific needs without delay or inconvenience.”

The results

“We have been with 1st Merchant Funding since 2012. We stay for a good reason – great service and convenience that has really helped my restaurant grow!”


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