Hani “Johnny” Mammo is the owner of Caruso’s Italian Kitchen. He has three locations throughout the City of Los Angeles in Sylmar, Granada Hills, and Sunland. Caruso’s Italian Kitchen was established in 1971. Hani obtained ownership 20 years ago, and since then, he has kept the business running and expanded.
Hani reached out to the North Valley Business Center Source (BSC) in October of 2021 for assistance in growing his business and adding more locations. EWDD partner ICON CDC manages the North and South Valley BSCs.
The North Valley BSC first assisted Hani with creating hiring flyers and working with partnering agencies to find qualified employees. Hani was able to hire 12-14 employees. The center provided Hani technical assistance in the City’s Comeback Checks Program and he successfully received a $5,000 grant. The center also guided Hani through the application process for the City of Los Angeles’ Small Business Rental Assistance
Program, where received a $15,000 grant.
“Every time I need help, they always come and help me with filling out paperwork and anything,” he said. “Everything I need, they are ready to go.”
To learn more about Caruso’s Italian Kitchen has three locations:
13737 Foothill Blvd. Sylmar, CA and 10504 Mt Gleason Ave, Tujunga, CA in LA City Council District 7.
A third restaurant is located at 10152 Balboa Blvd. Granada Hills, CA in LA City Council District 12.
EWDD’s network of 10 BusinessSource Centers offer free resources to microenterprises, small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in the City of Los Angeles as a way to launch, maintain and grow. For more information and to contact your local center, visit bit.ly/LABusinessSource.