About this project
Since we started Bon Vivant as a local 100% grass-fed business in 2010 we have dreamed of bringing Real Food to a casual dining experience. We were baffled that such good food, which is so plentiful in our neighboring farms, was so hard to come by if we wanted to eat out, especially for a quick bite. Opening the café is a dream come true, and we are especially excited by the wonderful reception we have received from the local community.
With a menu of 100% grass-fed meat, raw cheeses, dairy from 100% grass-fed cows and a plethora of other local foods, our menu is truly unique, and delicious! Whether you want to come in for a quick smoothie, almond butter brownie, or bring family and friends in for a full meal, we have you covered. In addition to having a great time, you’ll know you’re eating the best food local farms have to offer. We also have great options for people following Paleo, gluten-free and vegetarian diets without compromising a dash of flavor.
You may have already seen some of the improvements we’ve made to the space since we took over the business in July. We are so excited to be able to bring Real Food to our Del Ray neighbors, but we have a few improvements we’d like to make that are beyond our current scope of finances. We feel these improvements will be such a wonderful addition to your experience at Bon Vivant that we hope you may want to be a part of it!
Del Ray is such a friendly neighborhood and being able to sit outside a café watching people walk by, and bumping into friends without leaving your comfy seat and good food is what life is all about. We’re excited at the possibility of offering that experience for you at our café.
Thank you for taking the time to read about us and our pending projects, below are the details of what we are hoping to achieve, and we truly appreciate your donation.
If we raise $18,000
We can add a beautiful patio in the front for outdoor dining. Permits are already in place, we just need the funding! It will give everyone a great outdoor environment to enjoy, something that we have been sorely missing during the summer. We still have a few good weather months left and we’d love to have the outdoor seating there for everyone to enjoy year round, weather permitting! Don’t worry about the flowers, while the planters will be taken out, smaller planter boxes are part of our outdoor dining design.
If we raise $29,000
We can do the outdoor dining and upgrade our kitchen. Unfortunately the kitchen is not a full kitchen and this prohibits us from being able to offer many things like a full breakfasts (with our local eggs and bacon!) or grill up our delicious 100% grass-fed steak or hamburger. Imagine the possibilities!
Risks and challenges
We have done our homework on the two projects we'd like to complete, but that doesn't mean things will happen in the time frame we'd like! We know what it is going to take to complete the outdoor patio and the kitchen upgrade. However we are still at the will of the contractors. We anticipate that we can complete the patio in about two weeks from breaking ground, and we have estimates approved for all the costs. While there is a possibility that the job may take longer due to unforeseen circumstances (weather, conflicting schedules of contractor vendors etc), the cost is set in stone, so we know it will be finalized with the funding we are hoping to raise.
In addition to this we have already done some work on our space and have very reliable contractors that know what they are doing. They are also great at getting work done when our cafe is closed to minimize the affects on our day-to-day business.
With the kitchen, we have also fully evaluated the installation of a hood and stove. There is already a gas line to the kitchen, and since we are lucky to have a large kitchen area, the disruption to regular business for the process of adding these things will be minimal, and it will definitely be an improvement that everyone will enjoy!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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