Kickstarter has been making waves in small business funding for the past few years, but this is the first we've heard of an LA restaurant that will be funded
entirely in part by the online micro-invester site. The forthcoming restaurant, Thank You For Coming, will operate out of a former gallery in Atwater Village. And this isn't just any restaurant. Their website describes the situation succinctly:
Thank You For Coming is a new restaurant project that will be run in a collaborative and participatory manner. This entails that staff will rotate by means of a residency program to give citizens with varying interests, desires and skills, an opportunity to cook for the public, be a farmer, play with a space, and experiment accordingly.
Patrons can cook for others, similar to what neighbor Canelé offers each Tuesday, but they can also do so much more. They can also farm and forage, serve and be served, and help run the business operations. The open space will be sectioned off to accommodate cooking on one side of a counter and dining on the other. A display board behind the counter will list "current resource needs (e.g. ingredients, help wanted)." The space is also meant to serve as a community center for meetings, events and other functions. Thank You For Coming is nearly to its $10,000 goal; 165 people have contributed so far. Owners Laura Noguera, Jonathan Robert, Jenn Su Taohan, and Cynthia Su Taopin plan to open in June. [EaterWire]
Update: Thank You For Coming is also funded by the Awesome Food chapter of the Awesome Foundation, who recently donated a $1,000 microgrant to the project. Thank You For Coming is seeking additional grant and investor funding.