Allyn’s Cafe

Business Expansion Capital

Allyn Raifstanger - Allyn’s Cafe
“In this economy, small business owners need to have options, and in my opinion, The Business Backer is the best resource to know.”

Allyn Raifstanger – Allyn’s Cafe

Allyn Raifstanger’s unique Cajun-American restaurant, Allyn’s Café, is a dining staple in Cincinnati, Ohio. Raifstanger’s love of diverse cuisine and beers has earned the restaurant several awards in its 20 years of business including Best Beer List in the City, Best Café, Best Quesadillas, Best Patio, Best New Classic Restaurant, Best Place to Find a Local Musician, Best Wine Shop and many more.

Looking to Expand

In 2012, Allyn’s Café was due for building additions and its third remodel and needed a business expansion loan. With a successful restaurant and no prior problems with his bank, Raifstanger wasn’t worried about gaining the financing he needed.

“I have always made my payments on time and felt I was in a good position to obtain bank financing,” said Raifstanger. “All of my assets are paid down more than 50%, and I have no debt.”

To Raifstanger’s surprise, he was turned down by his bank and was forced to look into alternative financing. After a trusted source referred him to The Business Backer, Raifstanger set up a meeting to discuss his options.

“I didn’t know who The Business Backer was but I trusted the person who told me about them, so I checked them out” said Raifstanger.

Cooking Up A Solution

The Business Backer reviewed Raifstanger’s financial history and renovation plan and were confident they could help him secure traditional bank financing. The Business Backer introduced Raifstanger to a partner bank whose lending approach fit Raifstanger’s business plan, and the bank provided him with a line of credit.

“A lot of financial institutions only punch the clock, concentrating on what makes them money, and they do not go above and beyond to help the small business owner,” said Raifstanger. “[The Business Backer] could have easily done a deal with me, but instead they chose to do what was best for me, and for that I cannot thank them enough.”


Allyn’s Café has a completely new look, great new menu and continues to be a busy, popular restaurant. When it’s time for the next addition or update, Raifstanger knows The Business Backer will be there to help.

“In this economy, small business owners need to have options” said Raifstanger, “and in my opinion, The Business Backer is the best resource to know. They will do right by the business owner and you will never have to question their motivation‐ it’s to help small businesses succeed!”