It’s been almost a month since the founder and chef of El Floridano initiated a Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds for Mothership, the full-service restaurant and bakery he plans to open at 3301 Georgia Avenue. With mere days (hours) to go before the end of the campaign, it seemed like a good time check up on the initiative and see how it was going.
In checking out the Kickstarter site at the start of Wednesday, Mothership had received pledges of $28,396 of their $30,000 goal. If they don’t reach their goal, they will not have raised any funds for the project.
If successful, Mothership will use the funds raised on Kickstarter to:
- Create handcrafted, custom bar & dining tables using reclaimed materials
- Design and build ADA accessible bathrooms using reclaimed fixtures
- Install a 10 ton Energy Efficient HVAC system
Personally, I hope they reach their goal. I like this model of fundraising for a couple of reasons.
- The first is that it allows the community to support a local business directly and builds a stronger relationship between the business and community;
- The second is that many businesses have a hard time raising capital and it isn’t always easy to get a small business loan; and,
- In the case of Mothership, future costumers are actually paying it forward and not just handing money over to a new business. In exchange for capital to finish the restaurant’s renovations, owner Stephan Boillon will provide meals to donors (and guests) based on the level of the pledge.
Go to the Kickstarter site to get more details, see how much has been pledged so far, or to make a pledge of your own.
UPDATE (10:30 a.m.): Mothershipe has achieved its goal!