Anthony Jolly inside his Leimert Park business, Hot and Cool Café
The South LA BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided extensive business counseling to long-term client Anthony Jolly (left), the owner of Hot and Cool Café, helping the restaurant thrive and adapt to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

The café opened in 2018 in Leimert Park in South LA. Over the past two years, business coach Terry Gubatan has assisted Mr. Jolly with a variety of services.


The South LA BSC, operated by EWDD contractor VSEDC, provided Mr. Jolly technical business assistance, business plan creation, and access to capital. Mr. Gubatan has also helped Mr. Jolly prepare for a future expansion, which will include renovations and menu upgrades.

The South LA BSC recently awarded the café two grants funded by the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and Netflix. The grants helped Mr. Jolly continue to keep his business afloat. He applied the grants toward the purchase of PPE supplies and other COVID-related expenses.

Hot and Cool Café is located in LA City Council District 10.

EWDD’s BusinessSource and WorkSource Centers offer a variety of Business Services, including several Financial Programs and Development Incentives for businesses of all sizes. Learn how EWDD can help.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of December 21, 2020. Read this issue and more.