With Love Restaurant Entrepreneurs Inquiry

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With Love Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) Inquiry

Have you dreamed of opening your own restaurant, catering company or other food business?  Do you cook a great National or Regional cuisine that’s hard to find in Syracuse?  Do you walk into other restaurants and immediately start making a mental list of what works – and what you’d do better?  

If so, read on…   

Every 6 months With Love incubates a new Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) offering up their take on a National or Regional cuisine.  This is your chance to get a 360-view of the restaurant business while crafting and promoting your own brand.


Restaurants are hard.  Restaurants fail (a lot).  Many people think good cooking = a successful restaurant.  But cooking is only the beginning.  Here we train you how to manage every aspect of a food business, from managing a dining room to negotiating vendors, working the line to safely cooling food, costing out recipes to crafting your USP (unique selling proposition).  


Here’s a few things to know before you apply

  • The Entrepreneur in Residence will enroll in our Food Service Management (FSM) course. 
  • Residencies run 6 months each: January through June and July through December.
  • Expect to perform every role within a functioning restaurant, from cooking to hosting to balancing the books.
  • Financial supports may include Financial Aid, part-time employment and/or stipend.
  • Expect to share, teach and learn.  This works best when viewed as a collaboration, sharing culture, best practices and common industry protocols.

Still interested?  Good! Our next info session is on Friday, November 2.  Representatives from With Love, SBDC and CenterState CEO will describe the program and wraparound business development supports.  Fill out the form below and we'll let you know time and location. 

After you attend the information session, we will reach out to schedule an interview.  Interviewees should come prepared with a: 

  1. Clear, brief description of their proposed food business
  2. Printed menu you’d envision doing at With Love. Take a look at our current menu for categories.
  3. Basic business plan (1 page is fine, but it should speak to concept, financial needs and proposed timeline for opening.)

Candidates will be interviewed and evaluated on 7 criteria: Cuisine, Communication, Leadership, Availability, Time Management, Financial Awareness and Commitment.  The Committee will decide on EIR by or before December. All candidates will be notified by email.

Want to learn more?  Fill out the form below and we'll get right back to you!