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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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