For those of you unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it is a way for individuals or businesses to directly raise money from investors to fund a project or a business venture. You may recall that the Moovers and Shakers milkshake truck used Kickstarter successfully to get started and that Silly Goose attempted to raise $125,000 but unfortunately fell about 90 percent short of their goal.
The Spinellis are currently almost halfway to their $15,000 goal to open a cafe, retail market and event space in West Nashville with more than backers. In their project description, they describe the concept thusly:
We are a full service catering company dedicated to utilizing local & organic products for all events. Having been in business for two years, we have successfully grown each year and need to move into our own space in order to continue growth.
The main building will house a cafe, catering kitchen & retail marketplace. The cafe will serve breakfast & lunch items and can be used for private parties, dinners & other events. Our marketplace will showcase local artisanal products including our own line of jams, mustard & preserves, house cured meats along with breads, pastries, cheeses & other locally sourced products from area producers. We will also have a deli selection of seasonally prepared salads, soups, entrees & other items. The marketplace area will contain an espresso bar featuring locally roasted, fair trade coffees.
The site has an extensive backyard area, which will be renovated to house a patio, event space for outdoor parties & receptions and an onsite organic garden which will provide the restaurant with fresh produce and herbs.
The money that we raise will go toward refurbishing the kitchen & purchasing furnishings necessary for opening the doors. Any leftover money will be used for landscaping of backyard area and initial planting of an onsite organic garden.
Depending on the level of support, investors can receive premiums ranging from jars of preserves to a catered party for 15 persons in your house. The deadline for joining in the effort is July 12, so if you're interested check out the page over at Kickstarter.com. Best of luck to Chef Spinelli and his crew!