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August 4, 2014- Today, Ponty Bistro Chef Cisse and Chef Cheick will welcome project partners to the Grand Opening of the restaurant’s second location in Harlem, NY.  Ponty Bistro Harlem, located on West 139th and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard will offer patrons fusion cuisine with influences from France, The Mediterranean and West Africa. The Harlem menu will be similar to what is offered at the restaurant’s first location in Manhattan’s Gramercy Neighborhood.

NDC’s Grow America Fund (GAF) provided Ponty Bistro with a loan to expand the restaurant to a second location in Harlem. The GAF loan provided equity to support tenant improvements, refinancing of existing debt, working capital and project soft and closing costs. The expansion has created 6 FTEs for the Harlem neighborhood.

Executive Chef and owner of Ponty Bistro, Elhadji Cisse entered the restaurant business over 15 years ago, Cisse started as a dishwasher and worked his way to acting Sous-Chef for internationally renowned chefs at Michelin-star restaurants, such as Daniel Boulud. This restaurant experience prepared him to achieve his dream of opening his own restaurant.

More information about the grand opening can be found in the links below.