WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Queen of Sheeba, a small family owned take-out Ethiopian restaurant tucked away on the corner of Sapodilla Avenue and 7th Street in West Palm Beach hopes to receive a $66,780 business incentive grant from the City of West Palm Beach, the city said in a release.
"What we want to do is expand, and create the first sitting restaurant in the area," Lojo Washington who opened Queen of Sheeba in 2006, was quoted as saying.
Right now the only place to enjoy their unique Ethiopian food is a tiny table next to the front door.
In January, the City of West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency approved a new grant specifically targeting businesses in the city's Northwest neighborhoods.
Washington did not have the funding on her own to make her expansion dreams come true but, thanks to the business incentive grant those dreams of this small neighborhood favorite restaurant will now become reality.
Queen of Sheeba will be the first sit down restaurant in the city's entire northwest area.
"Our Northwest neighborhoods have so much character. Sometimes all it takes is a little help to turn something already good into something great. The new incentive program, which is specifically for our Northwest business owners, will be that little additional help," said Mayor Jeri Muoio in a statement.
The planned renovations are expected to cost $83,475, 80% of the total will be coved by the incentive program.
Queen of Sheeba will be the first small business to benefit from a new pro-business incentive offered by the City of West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).
"When I say that I want West Palm Beach to be pro-business, I'm not just talking about CEOs and Fortune 500 companies. Just as critical to our economic success is supporting our small business owners like Lojo," said Mayor Jeri Muoio.
The CRA is expected to vote on Queen of Sheeba's application on Monday's West Palm Beach commission meeting.