DiFrancos--an idea, a concept, and now a restaurant. Cooking up simple, fresh, local, and organic Italian food. Help make us a reality!
A "NEW" EATERY IN DENVER
Why don't we have more FRESH, LOCAL-INGREDIENT SOURCED RESTAURANTS in DENVER? And why are NONE of them Italian?
In Italy, food is simple, fresh, seasonal, and is locally sourced. In the United States, tomatoes come from Mexico in the middle of winter. Why doesn't this match up?
Help us promote the Italian way! Leave it to DiFranco's, a fresh food and local-ingredient sourced Italian eatery to make this happen--with a little added help. This is where we need your help.
DiFranco's wants to be the first Italian eatery in Denver to source as close to 100% local as possible.
OUR CURRENT GRASSROOTS MARKETING
DiFranco's produces fresh Italian pasta sauces--everything from Ryan's grandmother's tomato sauce from San Pier Niceto, Sicily, to a proscuitto vodka sauce using Colorado's own Morning Fresh Cream, Osage Garden's fresh Basil, and many other local ingredients. It all started with the pasta sauces at local famers markets, which proved to be a successful "marketing experiment." After building a local following, we have decided to open our first store.
Our concept is pretty simple--just like the food. We will use fresh ingredients in a counter-service atmosphere. We will be open for a light breakfast with homemade Italian pastries and breakfast sandwiches and until early dinner. For lunch and dinner, you can order off the menu, which will will feature a fresh pasta dish, a few pasta dishes with DiFranco's sauce, a few seasonal salads, and DiFranco's signature Italian subs. In addition to ordering off the menu, you can also visit our prepared foods section, where we will offer a seasonal baked pasta, chicken cutlets, or even italian sausage, peppers, and onions.
Whether you call it a restaurant, market, deli, or all of the above, we've found a space and now it's time to start remodeling it and purchasing equipment. This won't be your everyday restaurant. We want to make it feel like you're at home with your family. Our design work will use warm colors with building materials that we can source from the Rocky Mountains, giving it a Colorado feel. The restaurant will have only one community table with a few bistro tables in an open air environment. Meet your neighbors and enjoy food from your local farmers--but let us do the cooking! Remember, if you don't have time to cook or eat in, our menu is available on a take home basis. From our kitchen to yours, enjoy a home-cooked meal within the walls of your own house.
We will be located at 955 Unit D on Lincoln Street in Denver and plan to open in late spring.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
So here comes the hard part. We've found a location, but it's dirty and ugly. We want to clean it up and bring in our own equipment. We need your help to finance the cleaning and remodel the space. Every little bit helps. We want to make this a reality! Not only to promote our local farmers, but really introduce Denver to simple, yet amazing Italian food. Can you help us out? Check out our pictures below to see what we've found!
The storefront faces south on Lincoln Street. Below is a picture of the front entrance.
Below is a photo of the counter as you walk in. Imagine a few brand new deli cases with fresh Italian food and couple of shelves on your left with locally sourced Italian dry goods. This will be a place where the local Italian companies, including DiFranco's, will showcase their products.
And then there were PURPLE ceilings. These have to go! A new color is in the works.
We are fabricating our own hightop community table to create a sense of family.
Check out our rewards, described to the right. Hopefully you like them! We are ready to go! Are you ready to try us out and give us a chance? DiFranco's is about the experience--amazing food (because it's Italian and locally sourced), a unique atmosphere (yes, we will have hip music playing in the background), and just great, friendly people. Please help us make this a reality so that we can share our passion for food with the rest of our "local family."
Above all, THANK YOU for helping us make this a reality! We really appreciate your support.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $25,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on May 6, 2012.
Apr 6, 2012 - May 6, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $5 or more
A huge THANK YOU sent to you from the DiFranco family, as well as a shout out on our website!Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $20 or more
Welcome to the local family! Your name will be printed on the wall in the restaurant. We will also send you our exclusive Ragu sauce recipe for you to enjoy with your family at home.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $35 or more
An "Eat Fresh Local Italian" T-shirt, which will be worn by DiFranco's crew and printed by a local company on a super comfortable poly-blend material. Don't worry, this shirt won't fade anytime soon! Sizes will be available in both mens and womens styles in a charcoal color. Show pride in supporting local businesses and local farmers in Colorado!Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $50 or more
Support the local family by "rocking" the previously mentioned T-shirt and enjoy a sample of our menu. We will send you DiFranco's fresh tomato sauce.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $80 or more
The "Local Fresh Italian Gift Bag" sent right to you. It's a homemade dinner in a bag. Enjoy DiFranco's red sauce, one Pastamore fresh dried pasta, one bag of Rural Route Farms fresh biscotti, and our exclusive Ragu recipe. This will all come in a "local + fresh" reusable bag.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $200 or more
Two "Local Fresh Italian Gift Bags" sent to you, your name printed on our wall in the restaurant, and a DiFranco's T-shirt.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $400 or more
Enjoy family night at our place! We will provide you with a plate of pasta, salad, and garlic bread for you and nine of your friends.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $750 or more
The DiFranco's experience. Let us cook for you and three of your friends at your own Denver-area home! We will make you a four course fresh, local-ingredient sourced meal.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $1,250 or more
The DiFranco's experience--plus some. Let us cook for you and 5 of your friends at your own Denver-area home. We will create a locally sourced and fresh Italian meal for you and your guests.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $2,000 or more
Now the experience gets serious. Enjoy the DiFranco's experience with seven of your friends in the walls of your own Denver-area home. We will provide a four course meal. At the end of the meal, we will send you and each guest a jar of our fresh, local sauce.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $4,000 or more
Cook with us and experience the DiFranco's way. Invite seven of your friends and join us at DiFranco's. Take a culinary adventure through our kitchen with a personal class and enjoy a four course meal with pairings. And if you thought it couldnt get any better---you get to customize the menu. So let's have some fun here! (if you can make it to Denver, you can have the deal)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012