The Paxico Longbranch is the first small business to receive funding through the Wabaunsee County E-Community revolving loan fund, which was established in the fall of 2012.
A traditional commercial loan, matched with a low interest e-community loan helped entrepreneurs, James and Mary Wurtz, take a building that had been out of service for some time, and turn it into a revenue generating bar and grill.
A renovation was completed, and a grand-opening was on July 5 with more than 30 people attending.
The current hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday 4pm-midnight and Saturday 11a.m.-midnight, with plans of offering lunch in the future.
Abby Amick, Wabaunsee county economic development director, helped the Wurtzs with finding resources to complete their business plan and loan application, and provided encouragement along the way.
“The Paxico community has been in need of food service for a while now, “said Amick. “Through collaboration within our E-Community we are able to support projects that impact the economy of Wabaunsee County.”
Mary said that this new business has provided an opportunity for family and friends to work together, through the remodel as well as in the operation of the business.
There is a lot to learn, but they have selected a great community to do it in.