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Centrust Bank Helps Local Pizza Restaurant Expand Business

Updated: Jun 1, 2023

Dave Bonomi opened Coalfire Pizza in 2007 with the hope of putting an American spin on traditional Neopolitan style pizza. Coalfire has since found themselves on numerous “Best Pizza in Chicago” lists and has been highly rated among many restaurant review platforms, specifically for their excellent service, unusual cooking technique, and their top-selling menu items, the burrata appetizer, and pepperoni and whipped ricotta pizza.

Their unique cooking technique involves bituminous coal sourced from Kentucky and Southern Illinois.. Coalfire also uses smoke “scrubbers” at both locations to reduce all emissions by 99%. All of the bituminous coal used in the United States is produced domestically by American workers, primarily in northeastern Pennsylvania. A portion of the price from each ton of the coal sold goes to a federal fund used to reclaim abandoned mines from previous generations.

Despite COVID-19, Coalfire has managed to continue business successfully by focusing on carry-out, delivery, and recently expanded outdoor patio seating. It certainly helps that Coalfire has such high rated pizza and loyal customers.

After meeting with six different banks that wouldn’t fund his business, Bonomi turned to Centrust, who went out of their way to help a small growing business. Due to the great success Bonomi found with the first restaurant, he decided to open a second location in 2015, and Centrust Bank was more than happy to help. Throughout their many years of operation, Coalfire Pizza has worked with Centrust Bank to secure SBA 7a loans to purchase real estate, expand their business, and assist with a partner buy out. Centrust Bank understands how to best help small to mid-sized companies because they are one. Their dedication to helping entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed is what made it possible for Dave Bonomi to grow and develop Coalfire Pizza into one of the best pizza restaurants in Chicago.

“Everybody at Centrust was incredibly responsive and helpful. My calls were always answered or returned immediately. They came out to me when my schedule was too busy to get out by them. It felt like the employees at Centrust went out of their way to help me throughout the entire process. Overall, they helped this be less stressful than it could have been,” said Dave Bonomi.

About Centrust Bank

Founded in 2006, Centrust Bank has grown to become a favorite North Shore community bank in Chicago that focuses on helping small to mid-sized businesses grow safely and profitably. Centrust has established itself as a leader in and excels at offering SBA programs for small businesses.

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Centrust Bank is an Equal Housing Lender. Member FDIC.

About Coalfire Pizza

Founded in 2007, Coalfire Pizza was created in an attempt to perfect the most popular food in America: Pizza. Their commitment to artisan style pizza is exhibited by the freshness of their ingredients and the attention to detail taken during the preparation & cooking process. Their homemade dough is aged, brought to the proper temperature, and hand-tossed to create the perfect bake. They’ve created three original sauces to please any palate, made and tasted daily to ensure quality and consistency. Their fresh mozzarella is handmade in-house daily and sliced, not shredded. Their Pizzaiolo brings everything together with their 900-degree coal fire oven resulting in a melding of flavors on a delicious thin crust, which is “Charred to Perfection” for your enjoyment!

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