At the time, food trucks were not allowed in Asheville, and Suzy was a leader in the fight to change a city ordinance to allow food trucks to operate. She opened the Gypsy Queen Cuisine truck, and paved the way for the 75-80 food trucks now operating throughout the city. 

Role of NCIF

After five years of operating her successful food truck, Suzy was still committed to her dream of opening a restaurant, but didn’t have the capital for a brick and mortar location. Suzy says she found her ideal restaurant space in West Asheville and NCIF at the same time. There was competition for the building, and Suzy didn’t want to lose hope again. A loan from NCIF helped her secure the space for Gypsy Queen Deli & Market, Asheville’s first Middle Eastern cuisine market, which sources meat and produce from local farmers and provides high-quality jobs in the community. 


Why This Project Matters

In her first year in business, Suzy’s environmentally-conscious restaurant already provides 18 local jobs. In addition to sourcing its food locally, Gypsy Queen also uses energy efficient appliances, created its tabletops out of recycled wood, offers only compostable carry-out cartons, and recycles all of her plastic and cooking oil, supporting both the economy and the environment.