Last week brought a spice of Peru to Rosewood Drive. Lima Peruvian, an authentic Peruvian restaurant, is introducing a new type of flavor to Columbia. Owner Ruth Craft wants to ensure Americans know about her culture.
This restaurant is one of the many small businesses around Columbia, setting itself apart through their different types of food and flavors.
Lima Peruvian is entering a very competitive market. US Small Business Administration District Director Elliott Cooper believes they can compete simply because they are different. Cooper says there are three key elements to a successful restaurant.
"You've got to have a location, you've got to have good people and you've got to have good food," Cooper says.
Craft is very passionate that the customers feel the love through the food they serve.
"When you cook for love and you have the passion for cooking it transfers into your food, they can eat it, they can feel it," Craft says.
Chef Mary Segura is experienced in cooking Peruvian food and believes in this business and its future on Rosewood Drive. She says, sharing the same dream with everyone is the business is what will make the people fall in love with Lima Peruvian.