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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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