Client Success: Whistle Pig Korean
Featured Women Entrepreneur
Emma Woods, Whistle Pig Korean
In May, the WBC featured woman entrepreneur, Emma Woods, opened Whistle Pig Korean, in downtown Bozeman. Following her lifelong dream of opening a Korean restaurant, she finally had the opportunity after Jennifer Jento, formerly of Chickpea Café and a WBC client, offered Emma the opportunity to take over her lease and purchase her equipment.
Emma Woods has a long history of working in restaurants. Growing up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, she was introduced to the high class restaurants that populate the area. She worked at The Bramble Inn starting off as a pantry chef in 1999 and working her way up to sous chef. She was trained by Ruth Manchester who was inducted into "The Best Chefs of America" in 2013. Then, in 2013, Emma began working at Chickpea Café, where she became the kitchen manager.
Emma has developed many talents due to her multi-faceted interests in cooking, travel, and language. Growing up as a Korean adoptee in an American family, she has always had a deep interest in Korean cuisine. Noticing that Korean food relies on the natural fermentation processes and chili peppers for flavor, Emma was able to appreciate the difference that this healthy cuisine possesses from fatty western food which relies on salt and oils for flavor.
Emma received assistance through the Montana WBC to develop a business plan, which she presented to Rocky Mountain Bank, in March. As a result of her well-prepared plan and realistic financial projections, she received a SBA loan to finance equipment, leasehold improvements and working capital. "I thought going after bank financing was going to be worse, but it was actually a great experience, thanks to the assistance of the Women's Business Center and our banker, John Guthmiller, at Rocky Mountain Bank," adds Emma.
Soon to be recognized as one of Bozeman's best restaurants, Whistle Pig Korean is an affordable restaurant focused on serving fast, fresh and healthy food. They believe that once exposed to traditional Korean dishes like Bibimbap, Kimbap and Mandu, people will applaud their use of fresh vegetables and traditional sauces.Whistle Pig Korean has many vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.