Article summary: Like many other small businesses, restaurants often leverage borrowed capital to increase profits and otherwise fuel business growth. Unfortunately, restaurant financing, for all but the biggest and most recognizable restaurants, can be difficult to obtain through traditional sources like the local bank. Fortunately, you have more options available today than ever before if you have a good credit profile, a consistent cash flow, and a growing business—you just need to know where to look.

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Financing Options for Restaurants

  1. The SBA (Small Business Administration) Loan Guarantee Program: Although the SBA is not a lender and provides financing through participating banks and credit unions (among others), the SBA Loan Guarantee Program will sometimes qualify a borrower who might not otherwise meet the more rigid criteria required by the bank. If your restaurant is an established business with a few years under its belt, and your personal credit score is above 680, this could be an option for your business.
  2. A Short-Term Business Loan: Many online lenders offer short-term business loans for small businesses, including restaurants. With terms that range from three months to three years, this type of financing makes it possible for a restaurant to borrow capital and repay it quickly—often making the total dollar cost lower than a longer-term loan.
  3. A Business Line of Credit: A business line of credit or Business LOC has been a popular way for small businesses (including restaurants) to quickly access capital as needed, repay the amount borrowed, and access again. The flexibility of a line of credit, makes it possible for restaurants to respond quickly to opportunities.
  4. Equipment Financing: Many people, when they think of business equipment think of construction or industrial equipment, but that would be an incomplete definition. The pizza oven in an Italian restaurant or the booths in a café could also be considered equipment. Many restaurants turn to equipment financing to fuel growth or otherwise fund opportunities for their businesses.

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SBA Guaranteed Loans and Terms

The SBA offers a number of loan guarantee programs that could be a potential fit for a restaurant. The 7(a) loan program is a good place to start. You can read more about SBA loans HERE.

The 7(a) loan program is the most popular and probably the most flexible SBA loan. This loan is designed to fit a number of small business lending scenarios and could be a good fit if you meet the qualification criteria. It offers:

  • Long-term working capital (3+ years)
  • Short-term working capital (less than 3 years)
  • Loans for purchasing equipment
  • Loans for purchasing real estate, including property and buildings
  • Loans for new construction or renovation
  • Loans for establishing a new business or contributing to the purchase of an existing business

The interest rate you pay for an SBA loan is negotiated between you and the lender—subject to SBA minimums and caps[1]. Both fixed and variable rates are available and subject to an allowable spread based upon one of the following rates:

  • The prime rate published in a daily newspaper
  • The London InterBank one-month prime plus 3%
  • The SBA peg rate

Even though lenders are allowed to add a spread to the base rate, the maximum spread can be no more than 2.5% on loans with maturities shorter than seven years and no more than 2.75% on loans with maturities of seven years or longer.

SBA guaranteed loans typically have some of the lowest interest rates, but the qualification/application process can take weeks—or even months to complete.

OnDeck is not an SBA lender, but does offer small business loans to restaurants as an alternative to an SBA loan and for those businesses where an SBA loan isn’t a good fit.

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Short-Term Business Loans and Terms

A short-term business loan could be a good fit for restaurants looking for capital to fuel growth or meet other working capital needs. Short-term lenders, like OnDeck, offer loan amounts up to $500,000, can often give you an answer on your loan application within 24 hours, and fund your loan within another day or two after that. Making it possible to quickly take advantage of opportunities to increase profits or otherwise fuel growth opportunities.

Short-term business lenders (like OnDeck) also look beyond a business owner’s personal credit score and whether or not the business has specific assets that could be used as collateral, when evaluating a potential restaurant loan. Of course, personal credit score, business credit profile, and other data are part of the equation, but metrics that demonstrate the overall health of the business are also considered when evaluating a business’ creditworthiness. The minimum qualifications for an OnDeck loan include:

  • A Personal Credit Score of 600+
  • One Year in Business
  • Annual Revenues of $100,000+

A short-term loan with OnDeck does not require specific assets be identified as collateral, but a general lien on business assets and a personal guarantee will be required to secure the loan. This makes it possible for a healthy business without any specific asset to use as collateral, to qualify for a loan.

Loan Terms

Depending upon the lender you choose, the terms offered may vary, but OnDeck offers the following loan terms:

  • Loan Amounts from $5,000 to $500,000
  • Repayment terms from 3 months to 3 years (depending upon the loan)
  • Daily or Weekly periodic payments
  • Funding in as fast as 1-3 days upon approval
  • Rates as low as 9.99%2 AIR3 for highly qualified borrowers

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A Business Line of Credit

Many restaurants choose a business line of credit (LOC) to meet their short-term capital needs. The flexibility of a LOC makes it possible to access the credit line when needed, make repayment, and access the credit line again as needed over the term of the LOC. Unlike a term loan, interest is only paid on the funds drawn against the credit line.

Although different lenders have different criteria for how they evaluate whether or not they will offer a business a line of credit, OnDeck offers a business line of credit and looks beyond a business owner’s personal credit score and whether or not the business has specific assets that could be used as collateral, when evaluating creditworthiness. Of course, personal credit score, business credit profile, and other data are part of the equation, but metrics that demonstrate the overall health of the business are also considered when evaluating a business’ creditworthiness. The minimum qualifications for an OnDeck business line of credit include:

  • A Personal Credit Score of 600+
  • One Year in Business
  • Annual Revenues of $100,000+

A business line of credit with OnDeck requires a personal guarantee to secure the credit line.

Terms for a Business Line of Credit

Depending upon the lender you choose, the terms may vary, but OnDeck offers the following terms:

  • A line of credit up to $100,000
  • Weekly periodic payments
  • A $20 monthly maintenance fee (waived for six months if you draw $5,000 or more in the first five days after opening your account)
  • Funding in as fast as 1-3 days upon approval
  • APRs3 as low as 13.99%2 for highly qualified borrowers

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Restaurant Equipment Loans

When people think of business equipment, they often think of heavy construction equipment or industrial machinery, but the pizza oven in a restaurant, other appliances, fixtures, tables, chairs, and other similar things needed for restaurant operations can also considered equipment. A restaurant equipment loan could be a good fit if this describes the reason your restaurant is looking to borrow.

Equipment financing could be a good solution to fund the purchase of expensive equipment with a long usable life. Because the equipment being purchased acts as the collateral for the loan, and typical repayment terms can be up to six years.

To qualify for an equipment loan, the typical minimum qualifications are:

  • A Personal Credit Score of 600+
  • A Down Payment of 10%
  • A Strong Business Credit Profile

An equipment loan with OnDeck will require the equipment being purchased to act as collateral as well as a personal guarantee.

Equipment Loan Terms

Depending upon the lender you choose, the terms may vary, but OnDeck offers the following terms:

Restaurants, like other small businesses, can leverage financing to help their business’ grow and thrive. Restaurant loans, or financing available for restaurants, makes working capital available to restaurants to fuel expansion, growth, and meet other business needs.

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[1] https://www.sba.gov/partners/lenders/7a-loan-program/types-7a-loans#section-header-0

[2] Eligibility for the lowest rates is very limited, available only to businesses with the strongest creditworthiness and cash flows, and typically businesses that have shown an excellent payment history on prior loan products with OnDeck. The weighted average rate for lines of credit is 32.6% APR. Weighted averages are based on loans originated in quarter ending June 30, 2018.

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What type of loan makes sense for your business?

Financing options to help you grow your business

If you’ve ever heard the adage, “It takes money to make money,” you must be a small business owner. Fortunately, there are more small business loan options available today than ever before—you just need to know where to look and what to look for. You don’t need to be a financing expert to build a successful business, but you do need to consider all the business loan options available to determine which one is best to meet your business need.

 

Small Business Loans and Lines of Credit

With online lenders and lines of credit, there are more options available today than a traditional term loan from the bank when you need extra capital to fuel growth or fund other business initiatives.

Loans with a Purpose

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Non-Traditional Financing Options

Sometimes it takes a different approach to meet a business’ financing needs. There are a number of options from micro-loans to funding sources that won’t even be described as a small business loan.

Industry Loans

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