Keep Getting TaKo! in Downtown Durham, and get awesome rewards for your support.
After three years of bringing a local food truck to levels unknown, from Carolina Carnitas Sliders to Pekin Duck TaKos, Unreal Buffalo Chicken Sliders to Philly CheeseFakes, we've tested the boundaries of the 135.965 cubic feets of the trailer we call home (sometimes). We are seeking a space to become a permanent fixture in Downtown Durham. A spot where everyone can Get TaKo! just about anytime.
We've gotten props everywhere from the Independent Weekly to The New York Times. We are asking for your support to kickdown to our cause giving you the power to decide our presence downtown, and get some great rewards doing so.
Alright, how much ya need?
Obviously $46,000 is not enough to fund the entire project, but it is certainly enough to get it in gear. It will bolster the tot monies saved over the years plus the current cash flow and reserves toward the project to make something special.
We have a few really cool locations in mind close to our roots in downtown, and pretty neat plans for each of them. No matter where we end up three basic goals remain:
- A brick-and-mortar restaurant, expanding our take on ingredient driven cuisine.
- A full-service bar serving late, complete with a mixologist that does with booze what we do with kimchi.
- We keep the KoKyu trucks rolling to local hotspots.
We plan on giving our love to those loving us back - Check Out The Rewards!
Anything I can do to help Get TaKo!
We really appreciate any feedback, questions and suggestions throughout the campaign.
Have a space you think would be perfect? Let us know. Got an idea for a wicked awesome TaKo? Hit us up. Got a suggestion for a really awesome reward we haven't thought of yet? Get at us!
We hope you'll consider contributing to elevate KoKyu's place in Durham's food scene. We'll lead the charge and keep taking the cuisine of our city to new heights, but we need you all to help us make it happen.
Flip, Sarah & The Whole KoKyu Team
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Money & Where it Comes From
Restaurants aren't cheap. Your Kickstarter pledges are tantamount to making our vision a success. Tot monies, banks, family and friends will all be sources of funding going forward, however we need Durham to have our back.
Location. Location. Location.
First and foremost, once funded we must choose the spot. There are several extraordinary locations we are considering, the more funding we have the more the probability of us securing the best fit for KoKyu. We really want to preserve our existing customer base while being in an central area that we can open for lunch, dinner and late nights.
I Can't Wait to Get TaKo!
Perhaps the biggest challenge of all. A practical timeline for opening a restaurant is in and of itself unrealistic. We will keep project updates flowing starting within the campaign, to the location we choose, to the construction and build out. Realistically lets say Summer-Fallish of 2014 as an slated date.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Every little bit counts and we can't thank you enough. You get a High Five (or salute) anytime you feel the need.Estimated delivery:
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You're really standing up for us, your ten spot means a lot. You get high fives anytime and a Sweet KoKyu Sticker that you can put anywhere.Estimated delivery:
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Get TaKo! You get high fives til your hand hurts, a A Sweet KoKyu Sticker and A Free TaKo (or slider) from the KoKyu trucks or from the new spot.Estimated delivery:
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3 High Fives, 2 Sweet KoKyu Stickers, 1 Free TaKo and most importantly you get to write your personal tag in a VERY special place at our new spot.Estimated delivery:
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We are so appreciative that you dropped a fifty toward our cause, you get all the high fives listed above, an ice pack for your aching hand, Two Sweet KoKyu Stickers, and Two Sliders or TaKos with DuckFat Tots from the Truck. You'll also get to put your tag in a VERY special place in our new spot.Estimated delivery:
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The Starving Artist! Your reward is all the high fives, Sweet KoKyu Stickers and distinct glances in your general direction whenever you're around. We are also throwing in a limited 1/100 Print of our KoKyu Promo Poster designed by Bart Cusick, KoKyu's Resident Graffiti Artist. Signed and numbered by the Artist. Of Course you also Get Tako! everything from Reward #4 is yours too!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Jack Of Diamonds! Thanks for your C-note support! You'll get a Limited Edition KoKyu Deck Of Playing Cards and KoKyu Backer T-Shirt Ko-Designed by Durham Artist Patrick Emmons at A City Inside Print Shop. You also get everything from Reward #4Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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You Rock! And now you have Style too. You're getting the high fives, the sticker, and a limited edition KoKyu / House Of Swank collaboration Backer T-shirt that will certainly make heads turn. You also get everything from Reward #4 including dropping your tag in a VERY special place in the new spot.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Your reward for this generous kickdown to our cause is Two Seats at our Soft Opening Party at the new spot. This will be one of a few nights before we open to the public, all inclusive and entirely exclusive.Estimated delivery:
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Round 2! The first set of Seats at our Soft Opening Party at the new spot SOLD OUT in just a couple hours. We decided to add a few more to the mix. You will get TWO Seats, and they are very limited. This will be one of a few nights before we open to the public, all inclusive and entirely exclusive.Estimated delivery:
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What's Your Name? Our chefs are going to create a Very Special Menu Item, Named After YOU! Nicknames, Surnames and even pet names are all possibilities. You're obviously hungry so you get everything from Reward #5 also.Estimated delivery:
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One Up! You're partying with us in style. You get Two Very Limted Edition KoKyu 'I Got TaKo!' Backer T-shirts AND Two Seats to one of our soft opening parties.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Mad Props! Get One Item Free for Three Months at the trucks, you pick the item, you pick the months. In addition to make sure you can claim your prize even on the coldest days of winter you'll get a Limted Edition Custom Designed 2014 KoKyu HoodieEstimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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We will vandalize your vehicle, graffiti or otherwise, at your discretion. However we do require a clean title and a signed affidavit in order to proceed henceforth. No takebacks. Also included is SIX seats to one of our soft opening parties at the new spot. (Vandalism not required)Estimated delivery:
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We'll provide the class, the food and the raiment. Our Chefs will conduct a four hour course on making traditional ramen from scratch for you and a friend - Stocks, Broths (Tonkatsu), Noodles, Miso Utilization, Vegetable Knife Cuts, Soft Eggs, Slow Cooked Real Meats or Fast Cooked Fake Meats. A good solid plan to get you on your way to independence and happiness. We will all slurp together at the culminaton of the class. You'll also get two limited edition "I Used My Noodle at KoKyu" T-shirts.Estimated delivery:
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You Rule! And your will is the supreme law. Two of our chefs will conduct a 'Chopped' Style market basket competition at your house for 4 people (judges), using your pantry, your secret ingredients and your kitchen. You get to judge the best dishes and the loser has to do dishes, if you so deem that appropriate.Estimated delivery:
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At this level of support you are not only generous, but extremely confident in KoKyu's ventures. Your 8''x10''ish name or company logo will be placed in a predominate spot on one of our trucks for one year and on our soft opening menu. Included is two seats to one of our soft opening parties.Estimated delivery:
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Who are you? This is an incredible contribution to our project. We're gonna throw a party in your honor. We will roll up the truck to your home or business for two hours of unlimited food & drink for up to 25 people. Of course you'll also get two seats to one of our soft opening parties at the new spot.Estimated delivery:
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Resident KoKyu Graffiti Artist Bart Cusick will paint a mural or a piece to hang on your wall for you to enjoy forever. This reward includes FOUR seats to me of our soft opening parties at the new spot!Estimated delivery:
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Hold the phone, $2k?? You are serious about funding our spot. Host a party and stay out of the kitchen. We're gonna roll the truck out to your home or business for two hours of unlimited food & drink for up to 50 people. You Also get two Seats to one of our soft opening parties at the new spot, and a shutout on the evenings menu!Estimated delivery:
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You're really spreading the love. For this incredible gift you can host a party for up to 100 people at your home or business and we'll hang out for 4 hours serving unlimited food and drink to your peoples. You are awesome sauce, In one contribution you are supporting almost 7% of our total goal. For that you'll also get your name (any name) in stylistically written graffiti style on one of our walls at the new spot. You'll be one of the first to see it with your friends and family as you'll get SIX seats to one of our soft opening parties at the new spot, and a shoutout on the menu for the evening.Estimated delivery:
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