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SoCal Restaurant and Lounge

In 2015 Linda Ramos asked “what if I could open a southern California inspired restaurant right here in Campbell River? ” Community Futures thought …. a restaurant…. really…..okay, why not?

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Financing  a restaurant is never easy, especially for a first time entrepreneur. It is actually next to impossible. Linda Ramos is an exception to the rule. She has a lifetime of experience working in the hospitality industry honing her skills from the bottom to the top. Linda has a clear vision for her restaurant and she expressed those thoughts in her business plan and together with her drive, determination and unquestionable confidence she has established her business as the place to go in Campbell River. The business has over 30 employees providing the best atmosphere, service, food and drink in town – bar none.

After being laughed out of banks, it was so nice to have someone really listen to me and believe in my idea enough to lend me funds to get started. It was an amazing feeling. They, too, were weary about restaurant financing but they were willing to hear me out and let me have a voice in my future. We love Campbell River and we are so fortunate to have the ability to bring this idea to fruition with the help of Community Futures and their belief in the entrepreneurial spirit.

Linda Ramos – SoCal Restaurant and Lounge


Owning a small business is never easy. There are always hurdles to jump and it takes a special person such as Linda to overcome these obstacles through investing the time, energy and risk necessary to become successful. These efforts ultimately strengthen the local economy by adding employment opportunities that would otherwise not be available. And it all started with what if? Congratulations Linda and to your amazing team, our respect for entrepreneurs like you is immense.

We suggest that you visit SoCal for their great food and a fun experience to share with friends, to celebrate a birthday or to sit at the patio having a refreshing drink and listening to live acoustic music. It is a wonderful business operated by wonderful people. Prepare to be impressed!

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