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La Colonial is my life's passion brought to my community in central Seattle.
89 backers pledged $28,177 to help bring this project to life.

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La Colonial is a concept grown out of my passion for food, culture and community, mixed with my education and heritage.  As a Chef training in Spain I knew about finding a voice with food, something more than just a plate and sauces.  Developing the idea of a Filipino/ Spanish small plates restaurant became my goal, but I wanted to do it in my hometown of Seattle.  After eight years away in New York and Spain I came home to make La Colonial a reality.

As a restaurant we will be telling a story through food, the story of Spain and the Philippines and how two cultures mixed to create flavors and dishes that have roots of thousands of years into history.

My goal is to open a brick and mortar restaurant in our neighborhood, the Central District in Seattle, WA to not only serve my neighbors but make it a community based business by reaching out.  Using the restaurant as a platform to offer classes on Dining Sustainability, How to Shop and Cook like a Chef, and Wilderness Foraging, La Colonial will be able to be community staple where we hope to have a positive affect on our guests and neighbors.  In the summer, we would like to offer a Food Camp for kids to expose them to not only food, but how it is created/ grown/ harvested to at the very least open young eyes on how to think about food. 

Having over 20 years of culinary experience as well as opening three separate restaurants still in operation today, I possess the proper qualifications to operate a profitable establishment.

Like most chefs and other creative types, our biggest projects are telling of our own backgrounds. La Colonial is a reflection of my love and cultural heritage of the Philippines, mixed with my professional education in Spanish cuisine. 

Financing this project will assist our additional funds to secure a venue, and build out the project as well as secure our equipment and licenses for a full bar/restaurant.

Risks and challenges

Restaurants can be sustainable businesses that contribute to communities and they can be unmarketable trend focused businesses that fail within a year. What separates La Colonial as a sustainable, profitable business is my modern and flexible approach to managing our costs as well as creating a draw.
By utilizing a menu based on available market items we can focus on utilization and talent to create dishes that may only be available for one or two days minimizing waste.
We will be operating a small kitchen that will utilize a cross trained staff that will have chefs and cooks interacting with guests to decrease the cost of servers and runners who work shorter shifts for higher rates. Not only will this be cost effective, but kitchen staff will be part of the experience for our guests instead of behind the scenes.
As for opening costs, a DIY approach to our buildout will save us money on the front end reducing our initial capital costs. Bar, tables, booths and some decor will be designed and created on premised by myself (a hobbyist woodworker)
La Colonial will be available for off site events such as catering and parties as well as private dinners off site. With an established kitchen, we will be able to undercut higher end catering competitors all while making a greater profit margin for such events.

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    A Public Thanks

    A social media thank you from one of La Colonial's accounts raving about how good you are to support a little startup concept like us! WITH ACCOMPANIED VIDEO! Thats right, you can buy our social media presence on instagram, facebook or twitter!

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    Piggy Postcard

    A PERSONALIZED THANK YOU ON A LIMITED EDITION LA COLONIAL POST CARD

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    HOT SAUCE

    HOUSE MADE SUKANG HOT SAUCE ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH LA COLONIAL

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    Your name will be printed on our reclaimed wood wall to be featured at the restaurant

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    T-Shirt Time

    Limited edition La Colonial logo cotton shirt to show all your friends whose team you are on
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    Friends and Family

    2 seats to our opening dinner to get the first seats and first taste of La Colonial
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    Fall Foraging trip with Joe

    you and 3 others will take a day with Joe to some of his secret hunting grounds around the northwest. Chanterelles, lobster and porcini may be found but be prepared for the PNW weather. (may take up to 6 hours)

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    Colonial Club

    Membership for 2 to our private dining club. Twice a year La Colonial will hold our exclusive club dinners to try new ideas or showcase seasonal/ regional specialties. Members will be notified beforehand, seats are transferable

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    Sunday Family Roast

    A personalized family style menu featuring La Colonial style roasted chicken, 5 additional sides and a signature drink for up to 6 people on any Sunday evening after our opening. Coordinate with our staff ahead of time to prepare and reserve the table for you and your crew

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    Royalty Lunch

    Spend a morning with Chef Joe at Pike Place Market where we will plan and purchase everything needed for a private full lunch for up to 6 that we will prepare in front of you and your guests.

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    Private Dinner for 12

    Consult with us to entertain up to 12 people for an evening of appetizers and entrees. Menu will be designed for you and your event and we will even create your own signature drink. Great for an intimate birthday party, family celebration

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    Cocktail Party

    After a consultation we will design a full cockt@il party for up to 30 people. All food will be signature items from La Colonial as well as designed drink menu specifically for you and your friends. Perfect for a large birthday party or group celebration.

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Funding period

- (30 days)