For over 20 years, Harvey Alexander served as a chef in a wide range of kitchens, from full-service chain restaurants to the Ritz Carlton hotel to the Cheeca Lodge & Spa. But he always had an entrepreneurial spirit, and he knew that he wanted to own his own restaurant someday.

That dream came true in 2008. Harvey and his wife, Natalie Spada Alexander, took note of rapid residential growth in Cutler Bay, Florida. While there was a smattering of dining and take-out restaurant concepts in the area, there were no local barbeque options. Thus, Harvey, just like many other entrepreneurs, found the opportunity to go into business for himself.

The secret to the best BBQ is slow and low.

Harvey’s Smokehouse BBQ brings the flavors of the Carolinas, St. Louis, Memphis and Texas to Miami-Dade County. The fast-casual restaurant offers take-out, delivery, online ordering, and recently expanded catering services. Featuring locally sourced meat and in-house smoking, Harvey’s has been a hit in Cutler Bay since its launch in 2009.

Harvey says, “The secret to the best BBQ is slow and low.”

In addition to its location on Old Cutler Road, Harvey’s Smokehouse BBQ can be found as a vender at college campuses across the Miami area. With it enhanced catering services, Harvey’s will be serving its cuisine at a 600-person workplace picnic, its biggest catering job yet.

Harvey Alexander shows off his culinary creations on Local 10 News ABC

VEDC strongly believes that a combination of entrepreneur education, technical assistance, and access to capital are paramount to small business success. VEDC’s support allowed Harvey’s Smokehouse BBQ to purchase new kitchen equipment and grow their catering services to bring in a new revenue stream.

Check out Harvey’s Smokehouse BBQ’s mouthwatering menu at 20218 Old Cutler Road, Cutler Bay, 33189, visit his website, or call (305) 233-1227.

The Greater Miami Business Opportunity Fund, is a partnership between Neighborhood Lending Partners, Inc., VEDC and UBS’s Elevating Entrepreneurs Program, offering business owners the opportunity to start or grow their small businesses in Florida. To learn more or to inquire about receiving a loan, call 786-871-4237 or visit the website here.