The Purple Finch Café, a well known breakfast and lunch restaurant in Bedford is now under new ownership with financing assistance from CRDC.
Nicole Leavitt, the Café’s Head Chef and General Manager for four years, along with business partner; Samantha Courtois purchased the Bedford eatery from founding owners, Jeffrey and Julie Marshall.
Nicole, a talented chef teamed up with Samantha, an entrepreneur and small business owner to resume operations after the restaurant was temporarily closed due to the COVID pandemic. The Covid related closure happened in Mid-March 2020 and the restaurant reopened with Nicole and Samantha as its new owners on August 1, just three days after financing closed on the purchase of the business.
“CRDC really helped us navigate through our financing options especially during very uncertain times associated with the pandemic,” said Nicole Leavitt, new owner, Purple Finch Café.
“We saw a lot of small businesses struggle through the summer months of the pandemic; but Nicole and Samantha persevered to reopen the restaurant and hire back their staff while adding outdoor dining to its offering," said Jennifer Boulanger, CRDC Loan Officer.
“Small business is my passion,” said Samantha Courtois, new owner of Purple Finch Café, who also owns and manages a Manchester-based hair salon. “I have the business operations expertise and Nicole has the kitchen & menu knowledge. She has the passion for food, how its prepared, presented and delivered. She has a lot of amazing ideas that we have implemented even under new COVID guidelines.”
“I have a fine dining background, but breakfast is the hardest job I’ve ever done,” said Nicole. “We make everything from scratch, we have implemented a new pick-up menu and redesigned our catering business to also include special events here at the restaurant. We can host private events; all within the new COVID guidelines of course. We are happy to offer a small, boutique environment for our customers looking for an intimate event setting.”
“The restaurant’s loyal customers have returned; and that has a lot to do with Nicole’s love for cooking and her fast paced techniques to serve delicious meals,” added Samantha.
Visit the Purple Finch Café, located in Woodbury Commons, 124 South River Road Bedford, NH.
Photo Caption: (Front L-R) Nicole Leavitt and Samantha Courtois, new owners of the Purple Finch Cafe' with Jennifer Boulanger, CRDC Loan Officer (back).