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Brighten up Pioneer Square with a fun and festive outdoor seating area adjacent to Seattle's original Dominican restaurant.
Brighten up Pioneer Square with a fun and festive outdoor seating area adjacent to Seattle's original Dominican restaurant.
95 backers pledged $10,745 to help bring this project to life.

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View of the patio from our front door. (3D rendering)
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It's a sunny day in Pioneer Square, and you're hungry. What could be better than a dripping puerco asado sandwich, a refreshing salad, and an over-the-top Tiki drink in your hand?

The answer: All this and more... on a patio.

That's right: Just one year after opening our doors on the corner of Yesler and Prefontaine, becoming Seattle's first and only Dominican food shop, having our food described as "mind-blowing" and "drop-dead gorgeous" by the city's top food writers, La Bodega is ready to take it to the next level with an outdoor patio.

Why a patio?

On beautiful afternoons, our tiny shop is overflowing with empanada-munching, cocktail-crushing locals and guests who linger at the doorway with a cold one. A patio will not only double our seating capacity, it will bring what the Seattle Times described as our "perfect sliver of a tropical getaway" outdoors.

We are hoping to reach our goal, but will be thrilled to surpass our goal. Any additional funds earned will go towards sun shades and additional patio comforts. We hope to make this the best patio under the Seattle sun!

Why Pioneer Square?

Haven't you heard? Before La Bodega, this was just an underutilized corner lot, tucked between art galleries in a part of the neighborhood with almost no food and drink options. Owner Manu Alfau walked by the lot five years ago and always dreamed it could be something–not just a cozy restaurant, but a place where the growing number of people who live and work in our neighborhood could kick back for a relaxed experience, Caribbean-style. Then one day he saw that the location was for lease, and the dream of La Bodega was born. 

Why La Bodega?

For years, there wasn't a single Dominican food shop in Seattle. Manu changed that with a mobile operation, slingin' sammies in front of Montana Bar in Capitol Hill (including the Puerco Asado that The Stranger's Paul Constant described as, "so soft and juicy you could practically spread it with a butter knife"). By opening in Pioneer Square, Manu was able to bring even more Caribbean goodness to our island-hungry city, with entree salads, paella, and of course, the "addictive"–and gluten-free!–yuca empanadas.

La Bodega has been called "Delicious Dominican Fare" by the Seattle Times, made Seattle Met's list of "25 Drop Dead Gorgeous Extraordinary Sandwiches" in 2014, and was reviewed in The Stranger - "The Thing You Must Eat at La Bodega." In 2014, Seattle magazine listed Manu Alfau among the city's hottest young chefs in "Hot Plates: The New Crop of Kitchen Talent." This food is legit.

What will you get?

By supporting us, you're supporting the growth of our artistic, tech-savvy, creative community. Besides being able to tell your friends and out-of-towners that you're truly a part of this neighborhood establishment, every backer who gives $100 or more will be invited to christen our new patio at a rockin' grand opening party. For more on our mouthwatering giveaways, check out the sidebar. 

But wait! There's more!

If you haven't yet tried our food, stop by! Mention our Kickstarter campaign and get up to three of our famous empanadas for just $2.50 each. We can't wait to welcome you to our community.

Risks and challenges

Our design plans have already been approved by the Pioneer Square Preservation Board, the Department of Planning, and the Department of Transportation. All we need is the cash, and we're good to go! Any amount over our goal will go towards getting a canopy for the rainy season.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    A sincere THANK YOU shout out on our social media feed and a La Bodega rewards card on your next visit! We calculated that if everyone of our Facebook friends donate at this level, we would be funded in a day!

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    The Chef in You: Impress your friends by making your own Dominican Feast at home! Receive Manu's recipes for:
    Pollo Guisdado- braised creole chicken
    Moro- black bean rice
    Tostones-fried plantains
    Ensalada de tomate- tomato salad

    + Social Media THANK YOU and La Bodega rewards card

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    Invitation to our Kickstarter kickoff party!

    Receive a Thank you bag full of goodies when you arrive. Enjoy great food and meet all the other Bodega fans!

    + All of the above

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    Patio Opening Party: The "who's who" of La Bodega supporters will be hanging on the patio right after it's built, enjoying great food on us!

    + All of the above

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    Wall of Fame! Your name will be displayed in a frame with other super fans, for all to see in our dining room!

    All of the above, plus a shoutout on our chalkboard throughout March of 2015.

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    Paella Party! Host a party for 15 friends and we will bring the Paella anywhere in Seattle. Think Golden Gardens, Sculpture Park, your backyard, a sail boat... you get it!

    For a mutually agreed upon date.

    + A Sincere Thank You
    + The Chef in You
    + Patio Opening Party
    + Name on Wall of Fame

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    Business Lunch: Get a spread of our offerings delivered to your office for up to 25 of your staff. Only available in Downtown Seattle.

    + A Sincere Thank You
    + The Chef in You
    + Patio Opening Party
    + Name on Wall of Fame

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    Office Party Lunch: Surprise your employees/co-workers with a spread of our offerings plus a Gigantic Paella delivered to your office downtown Seattle. Feeds up to 60 hungry co-workers.

    + A Sincere Thank You
    + The Chef in You
    + Patio Opening Party
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Funding period

- (21 days)