Social O.T.R. is a collaborative social enterprise between Findlay Market and CityLink Center. The restaurant will focus on great food and great experience for our customers. In the kitchen, the menu will be prepared by a team of students engaged in a 16 week culinary training program. The restaurant will provide an amazing dining experience for customers as well as the next generation of culinary professionals, who will graduate and be placed in culinary positions, beginning their careers at restaurants throughout Cincinnati.
Our students are members of our community who are currently unemployed or underemployed and looking for a new start. During and after the program, students will receive ongoing support to remove barriers and continue accomplishing their life goals. We have received the support of great foundations and philanthropists that have provided funding to build out our restaurant at 1819 Elm St, which will be opening in November of 2018. As a social enterprise, we expect our restaurant and training program to be fully self-sustaining on revenues from the restaurant.
However, the heart of Social O.T.R. is community. We have designed the restaurant to center around shareable plates and shared tables. We hope to cultivate community and shared experiences inside the restaurant. This is where you come in, we have designed the 'Share at Social' pay-it-forward program to give you the opportunity to contribute to and help a broader range of our community enjoy Social O.T.R.
A portion of the funds raised will be reserved to provide an amazing dining experience to the families of our students to celebrate their graduation. We will also be working closely with local organizations to offer this experience to members of our community who may not otherwise have the means to join us. We hope to spread community and positivity by inviting customers the chance to participate in these random acts of kindness!
In addition, perhaps you would like to thank a public servant (police, fire, etc), or a nurse. Maybe you think the most difficult job in the world is a grade school teacher, and you'd like to treat a teacher to a meal. You decide who you want to help experience Social O.T.R., and we will make it happen.
Help us seed the 'Share at Social' program with $20,000 in funds, and after we open our doors we will be sure to keep the heart of Social O.T.R., community engagement, going strong.
Risks and challenges
The good news is we have all of our funding in place to build a great restaurant and operate an exceptional culinary training program. The risk here is not raising enough money to launch a great program to invite our neighbors and families to come share a meal with us! Your contributions will help us make this even more impactful by providing meals to those who otherwise may not join the dining experiences in our growing city.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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