Barb Hogan as a child sat in the old Linesville Islay's Ice Cream Shop and often wondered what it would be like to own and operate a restaurant. Now with the help of SCORE, she is doing just that, in the exact same location as the old Islay's Ice Cream Shop.
After taking an early retirement from the State's labor and Industry Department, this Harmonsburg native started Rebecca's Family Restaurant in May 2007.
From the start, SCORE was able to assist her. leading the SCORE assistance team was Art Cocolin, a restaurateur armed with over 60 years of restaurant experience. His team mates included Dan Leech and BJ Smith from the Meadville Branch of the Erie SCORE Chapter.
Together they helped Hogan bring many business principles into light. SCORE was able to assist this business owner in menu selection, controlling food costs, kitchen design and layout, insurance requirements, advertising and marketing, pricing, equipment selection, and incorporating some of the latest technology impacting the restaurant field. Despite the high wash out rate in the restaurant field,
Rebecca's family Restaurant has constantly held a steady market share. The owners owe a debt of gratitude to the entire SCORE organization.