When you give entrepreneurs the support they need, amazing things happen.

Our mission is to foster growth for a new generation of remarkable restaurant, food tech and beverage companies. We provide the best financial resources, expertise, and individual support available.

We understand that the creativity and ambition of independent entrepreneurs is the soul of our industry. We celebrate diversity of thought and encourage sharing of ideas.  We bring communities together to collaborate for mutual success in a world where large and small companies thrive alongside one another. 

We pursue our goals with integrity, creating viable businesses for the long-term benefit of investors, entrepreneurs, and neighborhoods.

Cleveland Avenue founders
Cleveland Avenue founders

Don and Liz Thompson

Cleveland Avenue was the street where our founders grew up in Chicago, part of the Cabrini-Green community. Don and Liz Thompson learned the power of educating individuals and strengthening communities to build momentum for positive change. They love food and care deeply about creating stable businesses and strong communities.