Mama Reta’s Kitchen brings the soul to food in Lake Charles

“The LSBDC at MSU worked with me to develop a business plan so that I’d understand how to operate my restaurant profitably,” Durgan said. “I consider the LSBDC my ally and I would recommend that anyone planning a new business talk with them.” When you’re a great chef, it’s only right that you pursue your own restaurant. That’s what Reta Durgan did in Lake Charles. After working in the restaurant business, she decided she wanted her own and reached out to the LSBDC at McNeese State University where Center Director Donna Little helped carve out her dreams and make them a reality.

ow, Durgan is the owner and chef of Mama Reta’s Kitchen, LLC, located at 345 Broad St. in Lake Charles, bringing home cooking and soul food to southwest Louisiana. The LSBDC at MSU helped Durgan write a business plan, develop three years of financial projections, develop a menu list and explained start-up inventory. After several years of directing Durgan to a successful position, including connecting her with LSBDC restaurant consultant Dianne Sclafani, she was finally ready to officially start her restaurant business. The LSBDC at MSU helped her acquire $25,000 in capitalization and create eight jobs.

“The LSBDC at MSU worked with me to develop a business plan so that I’d understand how to operate my restaurant profitably,” Durgan said. “I consider the LSBDC my ally and I would recommend that anyone planning a new business talk with them.”



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