SUCCESS STORY FOR
Wayne Keith of The Bobcat Den
Wayne Keith has been around the Bobcat Den Family Restaurant for as long as he can remember. His aunt originally opened the restaurant in the ’70s. Keeping the restaurant running as a locally owned family business was a dream for Keith. When the Bobcat Den sold to new ownership in 2017 and then was closed in 2019, he was determined to take the opportunity to bring the business back into the family. In mid-2020, Keith reached out to the TSBDC in Cookeville for help with business planning and loan packaging to help make his dream come true.
Director Tyler Asher and his team “were a tremendous help in getting me started on the right track to reopen the Bobcat,” Keith said. “They helped me so much with my business plan along with getting me to the right lender. Tyler suggested I look at the Upper Cumberland Development District’s revolving loan fund to help get this operation funded.”
The Bobcat Den officially reopened in September 2020 and finished up permanent financing in May 2021.
“Wayne was really a joy to work with,” Asher said. “He always came prepared and was ready to do anything I asked him to do. I was excited to see him able to reopen and be able to hire people from the community. Wayne was very open to suggestions and ideas that we came up with.”
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