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We've had a successful food cart for the last 4 years. An opportunity to expand to a brick and mortar presented itself and we took it!
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The Gaufre Gourmet started as a food cart in 2010. We’ve had quite the ride in the last 4 years and now we are moving on up! We found the perfect location for our brick and mortar restaurant that will bring waffles and more to the Hillsdale community in Portland, OR. This move was somewhat sudden for us. Although we have been planning and on the lookout for a location to expand to, we didn’t expect for it to all come together so soon! We have secured the location with the dream firmly in place, but now we need your help.

Charlene with GiGi's new sign!
Charlene with GiGi's new sign!

  The location we found is well equipped in the kitchen and with serving ware for a basic restaurant, but we need to make a few modifications to transform it to fit our vision. We want to bring back the old fashioned soda fountain complete with farm fresh ingredients and house made syrups. Our restaurant will feature brunch, hand crafted sodas, great micro-roasted coffee, and of course waffles! This requires some more equipment purchases as well as different furnishings in the dining room. That is where you come in!! Every little bit helps, and as you know, if we don’t reach our goal then the project is not funded.

Arugula Bacon Camembert & Fig Waffle
Arugula Bacon Camembert & Fig Waffle

In the last four years, we have been working hard as students, and raising children (we have 6 of them between us!!!), in addition to building our business. (Check out our current menu at www.gaufregourmet.com.) Now we have graduated and are devoting all of our time to the business. The kids are even helping out!

Mike and Charlene at PSU graduation 2014
Mike and Charlene at PSU graduation 2014

We have made a go of it so far, but don’t have quite enough in reserves to successfully make the leap. This location, being fully furnished, pushes us much closer to our goal, but there is still a little bit of a gap to cover. We hope that you will partner with us to fill the gap and bring this great brunch option to Portland.

Moving in and painting!
Moving in and painting!

We are working hard on renovating what we can with what we have now, but we want to bring a great brunch cafe/soda fountain to a neighborhood that is currently under served with breakfast options. We plan on expanding our menu to include house made hashes, eggs benedict and crème brulee French toast, to name just a few of the items we will be featuring at the café. We will also be offering a variety of mimosas and Bellinis to accompany brunch. The soda fountain will be the crowning jewel of the restaurant, making use of the existing bar highlighting our house made syrups and hand crafted ice cream sodas. Excitement is building in the community around what we have in store for everyone.

Our lovely bar, awaiting soda fountain stools.
Our lovely bar, awaiting soda fountain stools.

Some of the purchases that we need to make this happen are:

1. Booths for the dining room

2. A vintage soda fountain station

3. Specialized stools for the bar. Formerly, this space was a wine bar, and we need to update the look to covey our soda fountain theme.

4. Soda carbonation equipment

5. Décor

6. Inventory

The reality of our situation is that we have put everything we have into making this restaurant happen. Sometimes along the way, people just need a little help from our friends! Our rewards are designed to give you a great benefit for supporting our endeavor. Please check out our rewards and give freely, we promise to make it worth your while! Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about us. We hope to see you soon in the new Café!!

Thank you, Thank you!!

Risks and challenges

With any new endeavor there will be challenges. We have tackled the challenges we have faced us so far head on. Our track record of 4 years in the business with growth along the way will vouch for our ability to push through despite the obstacles that are out there. The new café is no different. Gigi’s Café has long been a dream of ours that we see through to fruition despite any challenges we may encounter. Thank you for your support with this new project!

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    A special thank you shout out on our website. Your name will be listed as a supporter on our "How We Started" page. Thank You!

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    Thank you! We appreciate your support! We are going to treat you to a large milkshake from our new soda counter!

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    Thank you! We appreciate your support! Accept our Gaufre Gourmet Liege style waffle mix as a token of our gratitude. Pick up at cart if you are local, or we can ship for an additional fee.

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    Thank you for your support! We would like to give you a Gaufre Gourmet T-Shirt as a token of our gratitude. We couldn't do this without you. You're the best!

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    Thank you for your pledge! Please come join us for brunch at GiGi’s Café! You will receive an entrée and coffee or juice for one. Thank you!

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    Thank you so much for your pledge! As a token of our gratitude, please join us for an exclusive VIP supporter appreciation party. This is going to be a lot of fun! Food and friends galore, you don't want to miss it. There is a limited number of these rewards available, so get one while you can!

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    Do you want waffles??? Well, you’re gonna get em! Pledge at this level and you will be rewarded with a dozen of our liege styled waffles with your choice of toppings. They will be ready for you to pick up at the cart or restaurant, or we can arrange for delivery within 5 miles of the cart or restaurant. Thank you for your support!

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    Pledge at this level and we will treat you to brunch for 2 at GiGi’s Café! You will receive an entree and coffee or juice for 2. Thank you for your support! We can’t wait to cook for you.

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    Pledge at this level and we will treat you and three of your closest friends to brunch at GiGi’s Café. You will receive an entrée and coffee or juice for 4. Thank you so much for your support!

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    Pledge at this level and the reward is our time! Charlene has a business degree in accounting, a culinary degree and has been a business owner for four years, pick her brain about the business or bookkeeping questions. Mike has over 20 years experience in the kitchen, he can tell you a thing or two about food. We can answer questions, talk food carts, or just hang out...its up to you! Mike or Charlene, or both are at your disposal for two hours. We really appreciate your support!

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    Pledge at this level and you will be rewarded with a weekend waffle kit. This includes Our Original Liege Style waffle mix, a jar of our Lemon Curd, a jar of our Balsamic Caramel sauce, a copy of our story in Portland Food Cart Stories, and our special Gaufre Gourmet Blend coffee. Pick up at our cart or at Gigi’s if you are local. We can ship if you are an out of town supporter for an additional charge. Thank you for your support!

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    This level will give you a super awesome waffle party for 10 guests in our new place! You and your guests will enjoy a private evening party at GiGi’s café where they can build their own waffles from the super special waffle bar. This is a great reward if you have a birthday or special event coming up. Wonderful for kids and grownups alike! Let us do the set up and clean up while you and your friends enjoy your special event with waffles. Thank you so much for your support!

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    A pledge of $200 or more will get you a waffle on the menu, created just for you, and named after you! You will also receive entry to the VIP supporter’s party AND we will throw in a Gaufre Gourmet T-Shirt and 2 of our liege waffle mixes to boot! Thank you so much for your support. We can’t wait to work with you to create your dream waffle!

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    Wow! You are lookin out for us, so let us take care of you! A pledge at this level makes us want to go all out for you. We will treat you and up to 9 of your friends to a special, private evening meal in Gigi’s café. Chefs Michael and Charlene will cook for you a four course meal complete with beverage. We love to cook and this is our way of thanking you for helping us grow our kitchen!

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    This is the reward for you if you are local and a brunch lover! Pledge at this level and you will receive brunch for 2 twice a month for an entire year! As a super special supporter, you will be able to take advantage of our seasonal specials and new farm fresh menu additions in real time! Thank you so much!

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