In the heart of Hazel Crest, Illinois, lies a culinary treasure that’s quickly becoming the talk of the town: Pink Panini. Behind this thriving establishment is the passionate and visionary entrepreneur, Latrice Wright. Her journey, marked by determination and innovation, recently received a significant boost thanks to the Cook County 2023 Source Grant. At Southland Development Authority, we’re proud to have played a pivotal role in this inspiring success story.

Latrice Wright’s dream of creating a unique dining experience began with Pink Panini, a restaurant that stands out for its commitment to fresh, healthy food. But the road to success is often paved with challenges. Latrice faced her share of hurdles, from navigating the complexities of business operations to finding the right support and resources. This is where our story intertwines with hers.

Recognizing the potential in Latrice’s vision and her dedication to excellence, Southland Development Authority stepped in to offer guidance and support. Our team member Marisela Zambrano worked closely with Latrice, providing the insights and assistance needed to navigate the often-turbulent waters of entrepreneurship.

The turning point came with the Cook County 2023 Source Grant, an initiative designed to empower local businesses. Latrice’s application, bolstered by our support, was successful, bringing much-needed financial aid and recognition to Pink Panini. This grant not only helped in alleviating immediate financial concerns but also enabled Latrice to focus on expanding her horizons.

The impact of this collaboration is evident. Today, Pink Panini is more than just a restaurant; it’s a symbol of what can be achieved when determination meets opportunity. The success of Pink Panini has also paved the way for Latrice’s next venture, Crabs and Cocktails. This new addition promises to bring an exciting mix of flavors and experiences to our community, further enriching Hazel Crest’s culinary landscape.

At Southland Development Authority, stories like Latrice’s fuel our commitment to nurturing and supporting local businesses. We believe that every entrepreneur deserves a chance to realize their dreams, and we’re here to make that happen. Latrice Wright’s journey with Pink Panini is not just a success story; it’s a beacon of inspiration, showing what’s possible when passion, perseverance, and the right support come together.

About Pink Panini Soups & Salads:

Established in 2018, Pink Panini Soups & Salads has quickly become a premier dining destination in Hazel Crest, Illinois. Known for their commitment to fresh, delicious meals, they ensure every customer enjoys a great dining experience. The restaurant offers a wide array of choices, including sandwiches, wraps, paninis, and pitas, catering to a variety of tastes and preferences. For those seeking lighter fare, their selection of soups and salads is both wholesome and flavorful. Pink Panini Soups & Salads is not just about food; it’s about creating smiles and memorable moments for everyone who visits.

About Southland Development Authority

The Southland Development Authority is a nonprofit business organization launched in 2019 by business, civic, and political leaders from around the Southland who recognize the potential of the region’s people, businesses, and real estate. Our mission is to bring the resources and capacity needed to achieve transformative, inclusive economic growth for the south suburbs with a focus on investments in the Southland’s communities, industry, housing, and workforce.

We work steadfastly to connect Southland business owners, investors, and individuals with key resources to operate and thrive in the region, from equipping mid-size and small businesses in our Business Growth services Program with customized advice and consulting services, to helping local residents access the tools needed to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. With a deep institutional knowledge of the Southland’s people, markets, and history and our multifaceted, experienced team, the Southland Development Authority is a powerful partner for any individual, business, or investor.

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