To create a unique Italian restaurant that is welcoming to all and provides a one of a kind memorable experience with the best handcrafted food in St. Louis.
LET US START BY THANKING YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND TIME!
Thank you Backers for making this project fully funded!
If you are interested in becoming a "traditional investor" at the $10,000 and above range please email Ted and I this week at email@example.com for more information and to set up a meeting. We still have a few openings left for this exciting opportunity.
Katie and Ted
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS
Become a backer of Katie's Pizza & Pasta by reviewing the backer levels in the right hand column of the website and the amazing rewards we are offering. SHARE THIS PAGE AND OUR CAMPAIGN WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY! This campaign won't work without your help! Once we reach our goal, DON'T STOP BACKING...we would love to go over our limit!
WHY WE CHOSE KICKSTARTER
We love the idea of the community and our loyal customers being involved in the opening of our new restaurant. We want our backers to feel like they are truly part of the restaurant, because you are! You can now say to your friends, "Let's go eat at my restaurant tonight".
To thank you for backing and becoming a part of Katie's Pizza & Pasta we are offering amazing rewards that are listed in the column to the right! We felt it was important to offer you a reward that is equal or greater than the support you are giving us! Here is a sample of what we are offering...
- 5 course meals for your and your friends
- tickets to the GRAND OPENING PARTY
- cooking classes with chef Katie Lee
- pre-opening tastings
- a certificate that says you backed Katie's Pizza & Pasta so that you can tell your friends, "hey, let's go to my restaurant tonight"
- pasta and pesto shipped to your door
- items on the menu named after you
- your name on the supporters wall & website
- cocktail hours
- delivered business lunches
- kids pizza making parties
- AND MUCH MUCH MORE...check out all the rewards to find the best fit for you!
After living in Italy and creating and operating one of the most successful restaurants in St. Louis, Katie Lee is now ready to open her dream restaurant! Katie's Pizza & Pasta is an amazing new artisan Italian restaurant by Chef Katie Lee & her fiance and business partner Ted Collier. Katie & Ted want their new restaurant to be backed directly by the community, so they have chosen Kickstarter as a platform to sell their dream and gain support! This new restaurant featuring an 'all in-house' artisan Italian menu has been the real dream and goal since Katie created Katie's Pizzeria 5 years ago. Katie's Pizzeria was an amazing experience for Katie to hone her craft and gain invaluable expertise in running and operating a successful restaurant. Now she plans on opening her own restaurant and owning her creativity and success, and she wants YOU to be involved all the way to the opening of the doors at the GRAND OPENING PARTY!
WHAT IS KATIE'S PIZZA & PASTA
Katie's Pizza and Pasta is a new unique artisan Italian restaurant built on the foundation of the successful Katie's Pizzeria in Clayton Missouri, which was founded and operated by Katie Lee in 2008. This new restaurant will take advantage of the success of Katie's Pizzeria while capitalizing on new opportunities at their new location, and a new changing market.
Katie's Pizza and Pasta will be known for chef Katie Lee's award winning, in-house, handcrafted pies, with toppings that are unique, exotic and seasonal. The new pasta menu will follow the same path of old world preparation, mixed with a fresh approach and new modern techniques. The execution at Katie's Pizza and Pasta will add a theatrical element with an open kitchen and wood burning oven, as well as colorful house-made pasta's drying throughout displays in the restaurant. The goal for the menu is to wow all guests and remind them or introduce them to real Italian artisan cooking that they will want to share with their friends and family. We want our guests to experience real artisan Italian cooking with all of their senses...a culinary show of sorts. The beautiful artisan pasta in all shapes and colors will be drying on racks throughout the restaurant. The wood burning pizza oven will be exposed to the dining room. The wall behind the bar will showcase a living green wall with herbs growing for our menu and designer cocktails.
Katie's Pizza and Pasta will build on this recipe for success by adding new and exciting products and services that we feel are needed, based on our years of experience in the restaurant business. We believe that in order to stay on top, we must constantly investigate new ways to increase revenues, increase profits, reduce costs, improve efficiency, improve customer relationships, increase productivity and grow our business. Our idea is to build on our bright spots, and improving what we have, innovating and adding what we don't have, and protecting what we already have. We will constantly be evaluating our business, always improving.
The Katie's Pizza name and brand has a sterling reputation in St. Louis that has been watched, emulated and critically acclaimed since she opened almost 5 years ago. We can only assume that Katie's Pizza and Pasta will be highly anticipated and create a huge buzz by the St. Louis press and critics along with her loyal and large customer base and following. Katie Lee and Ted Collier not only plan on creating one of the best and busiest restaurants in St. Louis, but they also plan on ensuring and executing it's success by being working owners and hiring an honest, experienced and dedicated staff.
With your support, we will open this new exciting restaurant for you, our loyal customers and all of St. Louis! This project is currently in the final stages of design and development and is ready to build and open.
Our goal is to be open by summer 2013!
We have an amazing team of specialized and gifted people to help us reach this goal!
HOW YOUR FUNDS WILL BE USED
- securing lease at our dream location in Rock Hill
- purchasing kitchen and bar equipment
- POS system
- funiture and fixtures for dining room and bar, we will be using mismatched repurpose furniture and fixtures
- living green wall behind the bar
- llicensing and permits
- initial inventory
The design and atmosphere at Katie's Pizza & Pasta will follow the same innovative and comfortable approach of the current Katie's Pizzeria. Katie's Pizza & Pasta will be cutting-edge, urban chic with a nod to mom and pop warmth by using antique and handmade furniture mixed with modern warm lighting, and custom artwork and murals. It is our desire for our guests to be instantly wowed, feel comfortable and relaxed and proud to be there, have meetings there, and bring out of town clients or family for a special lunch or dinner. Our open kitchen concept will have a theatrical feel and the hanging pasta will reinforce the artisan quality of the menu. The bar will be beautiful and unique and will showcase a living green wall with herbs, as well as a projector playing old Italian retro films. Our guests at Katie's Pizzeria regularly comment on the design and feel of the restaurant saying that it reminds them of Europe or the coasts. We want our guests to feel like they are somewhere unique and special, so that they talk about it when they leave to spread the word.
The floors will be polished concrete with a hand painted mural/design by Belinda Lee.
THE CEILING & WALLS
The ceiling will be high and exposed with driftwood installations by Ted Collier, hanging to give depth. Some walls will have custom murals by Belinda Lee, some will have abstract shelving, mirrors and storage.
The furniture will be mismatched antique hard wood and custom furniture by Ted Collier. Ted makes amazing dining room tables out of repurposed 100 year old doors which we will mix in with the antique tables and chairs.
Lighting will be warm, dimly lit, unique, mismatched pendants, tons of candles, and can lighting around windows to make the restaurant glow from the street.
The bar will be a custom, with sleek lines made out of repurposed wood. The bar will also feature a living green wall growing herbs, that will be used in our signature cocktails. There will be a projector playing old italian and retro films at the bar as well.
The kitchen will be the focal point of the restuarant. We have decided on an open kitchen design so guests can enjoy the artisan cooking process. There will be firewood lining the walls, a wood burning pizza oven and large rustic butcher blocks on a counter where food will be presented for servers to pick up.
*THIS IS A WORKING PRELIMINARY MENU...SUBJECT TO CHANGE CLOSER TO OPENING
KATIE'S PIZZA & PASTA MENU
Fiama sausage & cheese plate with blood orange mustard
Spicy baby artichokes w/pecorino
House-made artichoke toasted ravioli with pesto
Roasted figs with house-made burrata cheese, prosciutto & aged balsamic
Spicy mussels with serrano peppers & tomato
Fried eggplant quattro formaggio
Smoked trout carpaccio with caper berries & lemon
Creamy cannellini bean soup with shrimp & tomatoes
Fried Artichoke salad over mixed greens with goat cheese, asparagus, pistachio & balsamic vin
Italian market vegetable chop salad with shaved fennel, cannellini beans, zucchini, carrots, radiccio, arugula, pine nuts, parmigiano & lemon vin
Fresh black mission fig salad over mixed greens with pears, pancetta, dolcelatte, walnuts, arugula & mustard balsamic vin
Heirloom tomato caprese with house-made burrata cheese, calamata olives, pepperonicini & blasmaic vin
Tuscan grilled prawn salad with clementine's, shaved fennel, ricotta salata, calamata olives, pistachio, over arugula with lemon vin
Fried egg tuna nicoise, rare ahi tuna steak over mixed greens with fingerling potatoes, heirloom green beans, nicoise olives, caper berries & caper vin
Margherita w/cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella & basil
Fennel sausage, leeks, pine nuts, fontina
Sopressata salami with portobello, calamata olives, fresh mozzarella & onion
Pear, prosciutto, fontina
Asparagus, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella
Speck, cherry tomatoes, fresh burrata cheese, fresh arugula
Roasted eggplant, sicilian olives, parmigiano, fontina, oregano
Spicy coppa, fresh ricotta, pepperoncini
Fig, pancetta, goat cheese, caramelized shallots, sage, balsamic glaze
Shrimp, pesto, cherry tomato, fresh mozzarella, pecorino
Fingerling potato pizza with parsnips, pancetta, onion, rosemary & fresh mozzarella
Quattro formaggio with fresh mozzarella, fontina, goat cheese & dolcelatte
Sundried tomato with cherry tomato, artichoke, goat cheese, ricotta salata, pesto & balsmic
Fiama sausage with raddichio & fresh burrata cheese
Smoked trout, capers, calamata olives, arugula & lemon zest
*add to any pizza: egg, shaved truffles, fresh arugula, prosciutto di parma
Spaghetti bolognese w/toasted pine nuts
Porcini pizzocheri with wild mushrooms, goat cheese cream
Garganelli arrabiatta with asparagus & fresh burrata cheese
Arugula parpadelle carbonara, prosciutto, fresh english peas, egg & pecorino
Squid ink linguine with prawns, monkfish & serrano peppers
Tomato bowtie with leeks & dolcelatte
Fresh corzetti in chicken broth with roasted rosemary chicken, lemon & parmigiano
Sausage & rapini lasagna
WOOD FIRED ENTREE'S
Oven roasted italian herb chicken with heirloom green beans, aged balsamic & evoo fingerling potatoes
Oven roasted prosciutto wrapped monk fish with sauteed arugula, evoo fingerling potatoes & blood orange mustard
Oven roasted seared rare strip steak with lemon, fresh arugula, parmigiano & evoo fingerling potatoes
Ricotta donuts served warm with blackberries & honey
Tiramisu with raspberries
Chocolate pistachio torte with pistachio gelato
Vanilla gelato with strawberries & aged balsamic glaze
Seasonal gelato's $5
ITEMS MADE IN HOUSE
- pizza dough
- pasta dough
- all sauces, pesto and dressings
- house cured pancetta
- fresh mozzarella, burratta cheese & ricotta
- herbs grown in house on our living green wall
We have found an amazing location in Rock Hill, but will not secure it until we get our funding. The space is on a high traffic count street that is easily accesible from highway 40. The location is centrally located near webster, kirkwood, glendale, brentwood, ladue, and des peres! We are excited to bring our restaurant closer to these wonderful municipaliites. The physical space is appx. 3000sq ft with high ceilings, big windows, and concrete floors.There is also a large beautiful patio available for our use. Our general contractor has been through the space and found it to have all the systems we need for the build-out we are requesting. The good news is that there are several spaces available in the same building, so we feel confident we won't lose the location. With your help we will be able to secure this location to begin building KATIE'S PIZZA & PASTA!
Ted and Katie have been looking for spaces for the last 6 months with their real estate brokers Kent Hirschfelder and David Wright and have found mulitple locations that fit their criteria, so that if one location falls through they have other viable options to fall back on.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk we face is that we do not reach our funding goal...However, we feel very confident that our business model, Katie's experience, and our amazing rewards for backers will attract the desired financing. So please help by sharing this link with your friends and family. YOUR HELP IN PROMOTING this project is CRUCIAL to it's success. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
We believe our strengths are the following:
•An established loyal following
•Katie Lee's 15 years of experience in the restaurant business including 5 years running Katie's Pizzeria
•Great location on high traffic street with ample parking and visibility
•Dedication to customer service, consistency and quality
•Katie's Pizzeria brand and reputation including amazing, awards, press and reviews
•A desire to grow and improve
•Fresh menu and design
•Large social media presence
•Exciting open kitchen design with a wood burning oven, living green wall, and displayed drying pasta's throughout
Our community support and YOU!!!
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