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Help Chef Melissa Miranda set her table, expanding her Filipinx pop ups and becoming a brick and mortar as MUSANG.
669 backers pledged $91,626 to help bring this project to life.

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Musang Seattle is incredibly excited for the opportunity to take our pop-up brand to the next level by opening our own brick-and-mortar establishment. I'd love to share with you more about the mission at the heart of our brand, and ultimately our food.


 As a child, the kitchen was the heart of my family's home. My earliest memories were made in the kitchen. I would always end up there, asking my parents if I could help cook as they fed me bits of what they were cooking, or hiding under the table and eavesdropping on conversations between my elders.

The very first time I asked my dad what I could do, he put me to work -- cleaning squid he had just caught. I must have been only five years old. 

My father, known to many of us as Musang, is who I learned how to cook Filipinx food at such an early age. He taught me to use always use the freshest ingredients, because if not, people would taste the difference. He also taught me that whatever was on the table, I had to eat it. 

His values and no-bullshit attitude shape me and inspire me to continue our traditions and to keep pushing with my passion as a chef.  

Over the course of the past decade, training and cooking in Italy, learning the New York grind and hustling with some of the best in Seattle, I now have a home at Bar del Corso in Beacon Hill, which would become the birthplace of Musang as a small neighborhood pop-up - my personal tribute to my father, our family recipes, and my childhood memories. For the last three years have I have proudly served up  a series of Filipinx Brunches as well as an annual dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes. In these, a unique space for our community was also born. 

Musang and I have earned local media attention from Visit Seattle,  Seattle Met,  The Seattle Times, Tech Stars Startup Week Seattle, City Arts,  and had the opportunity to cook at the  James Beard House as part of a celebration of Regional Filipino Cuisine. Since we've started this thing, we've been able to touch the lives of so many people through our food and creating experiences. 

Now we want to bring our love of Filipinx cuisine to even more people. This Fall, we hope to open the doors to a brand new restaurant offering our Musang experiences. 

OG Musang
OG Musang

Musang will be a casual, neighborhood establishment, serving personal, intimate, and overwhelming Filipinx dishes from my childhood memories Tuesday through Saturday and Brunches on Saturday and Sunday. 

With a 48 seat restaurant space and one big staff, this project is daunting for first-time restauranteurs. Support from friends, family, and community has always been essential to our success. We want to make sure our backers are involved in every step of this process, so we've put together a selection of brand new dinners, parties, brunches and time spent with us just for you.

Musang Recipe Card and Heartfelt Thank you

Cook your favorite Musang dish at home and save this special card in your recipe deck. These cards can be shipped anywhere in the world and your $25 will get us one step closer. 

Basket of Musang's Bola Bola

When you come visit Musang for the first time, show us your Bola Bola card and you'll get a basket of our famous Fried Fish Balls with our house-made Pineapple Ketchup. What could possibly go better with all the Filipinx food you'll be enjoying? Available anytime after we open!

Melly Merduh - Are you Mad Tho? Vol. 2 PARTY + Ate Mel's Sinigang Gang

Join us in July as we are reunite with one of our bests, the one and only ELMER DULLA of Junebaby, Salare and Lucinda Grain Bar. We'll be serving up Ate Mel's Sinigang and Elmer will be slanging his favorite drinks for your purchasing and imbibing pleasure. Maybe if you're lucky you'll get a Tequila with a Sinigang Back. 

Each ticket includes a bowl of Ate Mel's Sinigang and hella garlic Rice. And a surprise or two might be offered as well.

Drinks not included, but are delicious and encouraged. Your pledge admits one ($35) or two ($65). Scheduled for July in Seattle. Location TBA.

Holiday Kare Kare Platter 

Come in and enjoy Lola Bing's Kare Kare during your holidays and visit us at the new space. Bring in your Kare Kare card and have a seat at our table. Includes a basket of Bola Bola and all the Garlic Fried Rice. This is also available anytime after we open! 

Limited Edition Musang T-Shirt

The first piece of Musang merchandise we've ever produced, featuring our brand new logo and Musang's Own Face! Includes a handwritten love note, all of our love and an Ate Mel hug when you see her in person! Who doesn't want Musang's face on a t-shirt? Ships in June 2019,  to anywhere in the United States.

$100 Gift Certificate 

$100 gift certificate to Musang for its food and drinks menu. Gift certificates are subject to weekday use only and will expire after one year


A Mel Hug / Secret Party / Dance off with Musang

An invitation, where you'll be the first to sample some of our menu and the chance to get down on it and dance with MUSANG himself. And of course, a hug from Mel. Scheduled for July 2019. Location TBA. 

Musang Housewarming Party 

We'll welcome you with a drink and a tour of the space, then sit you down for a generous family style dinner showcasing our new dishes--you'll eat the whole menu! Date TBA.

A Night with Mel and Friends

Come hang out in the new Musang Space and enjoy food cooked by Mel and her Friends, including some of Seattle's best and greatest. Get down and be part of our community, share stories and laugh with us. Date TBA.

An intimate dinner with Nelson Daquip of Canlis and Mel

Come sit at the table with our dear friend, Nelson Daquip of Canlis as we take you on a 10 course journey of Filipinx food and his expertise in beverage pairings. Dinner and Date TBA. Each pledge admits two!

First Musang Brunch

Come and be part of the First Musang Brunch Experience in our brick and mortar. DJ's, Friends and Family, PLUS an exclusive preview to our new brunch menu and all the Silogs and Garlic fried rice you've ever dreamed of.  We're excited to give you a taste of what we've been working on. Each pledge admits two! 

Musang's First Dinner

New menu, new digs, new sense of style. We're excited to fully realize our vision for Musang, with decor and ambiance to bring you into an entirely different experience.

This Fall, you'll be the very first guests to dine in Musang's new home and enjoy tastes from our brand new cocktail menu, created by the talented Elmer Dulla. Is there going to be Dinaguan? Will I be able to get a Tinola back with my Whiskey? 

You'll have to join us to find out. Each pledge admits two!

Cooking with Musang, Auntie Marlene and Mel

Invite 7 of your friends and get treated. Musang, Auntie Marlene and Mel will be hosting and teaching and cooking for you all, some of their favorite dishes and food they grew up eating. Maybe if you're lucky, you'll get a story or two. Share space with my family and feel the energy and love. 

Backing us at $5,000 and up?! 

We're not lying when we say we all know that's a lot of money.

So if you do us the extreme kindness of backing  Musang at that level, we're pulling out all the stops. 

A Private party at the new space, food and drank and that extra time we get to spend with you to say thank you for helping us live our dream. 

The Work Ahead of Us

We're starting this project with an empty concrete box. Over the next few months, we'll be adding walls, hanging sheetrock, laying tile, and putting our heart and soul in the space. 

Starting from the ground up is daunting, but we're excited to put work into every minute detail, building a new home and space worthy of our guests and community. 

Your pledge will help us get to our dream space. A space we know will serve not only us but the community and help us tell our story of food and our culture. 

Risks and challenges

A first-time restaurant build out is challenging in any environment. We're supremely confident because--together with your help--we're working in careful coordination with our incredible neighborhood.

We've been serving food in Beacon Hill for three years now, and we've been diligently researching and developing our menu through our pop ups, ensuring that our understanding of our food costs as well as labor will help us maintain a sustainable future.

We want to built a supportive environment where young chefs can shape a career and neighbors can share a plate of Lumpia. My dad's first apartment was in Beacon Hill and I was born here, and there's no other place I would want to place my roots.

We're here for the long run and are ready to share space with you all.

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    Hand Written Love Note and a Recipe

    All our thanks, with words from Melissa delivered to you on a Musang covered postcard, and one of his favorite recipes.

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    Musang's Bola Bola

    When you come visit Musang, for the first time, show us your BOLA BOLA card and we'll get a basket full of Musang's Bola Bola ready for you! We'll send it to your table with our own Pineapple Ketchup.

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    Holiday Kare Kare Platter

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    Eat with your Eyes: Menuart Experience

    Eat with Your Eyes:
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    Tasting meal with Chef Melissa and a personalized Menuart ($100 value) from DOZFY to take home .

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    $100 Gift Certificate

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    A Heart So Full Offering

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    Inaugural Brunch With Musang

    Come and be part of our FIRST Brunch with MUSANG experience in our brick and mortar with a friend. DJ's, Friends and Family, PLUS an exclusive preview to our new brunch menu. Each Pledge admits 2!!!

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    A Mel Hug and Secret Party

    An invitation, where you'll be the first to sample some of our menu and the chance to get down on it and dance with MUSANG himself. And of course, a hug from Mel.

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    A Night with Mel and Friends

    Come hang out in the new Musang Space and enjoy food cooked by Mel and her Friends, including some of Seattle's best and greatest. Get down and be part of our community, share stories and laugh with us.

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    Gift Certificate - 6 Pack

    Six $50 Musang Gift Certificates. Each visit for those possessing these gift certificates comes with a complimentary snack of chef’s choice. One certificate allowed per dining experience and expires after 1 year.

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    Nelson Daquip of Canlis and Mel

    Come sit at the table with one of our dear friend's, Nelson Daquip of Canlis as we take you on a 10 course journey of Filipinx food and his expertise in beverage pairings.

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    First Dinner in the Musang Space

    Help us make Musang's new house a home! You'll be the very first people to dine in our brand new space, taste new dishes and explore our new beverage menu.

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    Cook with Musang and Auntie Marlene

    Invite 7 of your friends. Musang, Auntie Marlene and Mel will be hosting and teaching and cooking for you all, some of their favorite dishes and food they grew up eating. Maybe if you're lucky, you'll get a story or two.

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    Private Party at Musang

    You and 25 of your best friends will join us for dinner in the brand new Musang dining room. You'll eat and drink the night away, enjoying our full menu. We'll even take special requests! What have you always wanted us to cook for you?

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    Melly MerDUH PARTY ft Ate Mel's Sinigang

    Come be a part of the Sinigang Gang. This includes Ate Mel's Sinigang of the day plus hella Garlic Fried Rice.

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    Melly MerDUH ft Ate Mel's Sinigang x 2

    The Singigang Gang gets bigger. Includes TWO of Ate Mel's Sinigang of the day, plus a basket of Lola Mattie's Lumpia Shanghi and Hella Garlic Fried Rice.

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    Limited Edition Musang T-Shirt

    The first piece of Musang merchandise we've ever produced, featuring our brand new logo and Musang's Own Face! Includes a handwritten love note and all of our love and an Ate Mel hug when you see her in person! Who doesn't want Musang's face on a t-shirt?

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    Musang Housewarming Party

    We'll welcome you with a drink and a tour of the space, then sit you down for a generous family style dinner showcasing our new dishes--you'll eat the whole menu!

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    Musang's Housewarming Party (for TWO)

    We'll welcome you (and a friend) with a drink and a tour of the space, then sit you both down for a generous family style dinner showcasing our new dishes--you'll eat the whole menu!

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