From a home kitchen, to a street food truck (our distinctive yellow horsebox!) to a cafe within Leeds Kirkgate Market. Now is the time to take the next step, and with your help, open Manjit's Kitchen & Bar.
In 2010 I started a street food business from my home kitchen in Leeds -
As demand grew we created the Yellow Horsebox - a small but perfectly formed street-food truck. We have traded all across the UK at all types of events, wedding, and festivals. Many of you will have seen us and eaten with us along the way and enjoyed what we do.
In 2016, I opened a cafe in Leeds Kirkgate Market, specialising in Indian Vegetarian & Vegan dishes.
We have learnt lots running the cafe and are now ready to take this learning forward and open another place.
The cafe has been successful we have won regional and national awards and now employ 8 people, 6 women, and a young man with a learning disability who works with us 1 day a week & Michael (aka Husband Ji)
In June 2018 we won the BBC Food & Farming Award for best StreetFood/Takeaway in the UK. (The award ..wont mention it again .. promise)
As we are based in the market, the cafe closes at 5pm. We have therefore built the cafe on lunch time trade only. We now want to build another place we can open in the evenings too.
I want to employ more people.
Continue to develop our style of Indian vegetarian food.
Develop our drinks offer - by expanding our partnerships with local breweries and creating a cocktail menu
And create a cool place that is welcoming to all.
I believe a thriving independent businesses scene is important to a City and we want to be part of that. We work closely with local charities and through our business we want to make Leeds a better place.
Why do you need the money ?
The main costs in opening another place will be the kitchen equipment and fit out costs. Gas range ,fridges, oven, extraction, catering equipment, tables, chairs. We will also spend on leasing/survey and legal/licencing costs.
From working my socks off the last few years, i have saved 1/3rd of what we need to open. I calculate we will need another 40K to make this happen.
I don't want to go to the banks. I went once and it wasn't much fun.
With your help and support we can make this happen.
Thanks for reading. We are offering some great rewards. Pledge if you can and make Manjit's Kitchen & Bar a reality.
Thankyou Manjit and Michael
Risks and challenges
Finding the right site. The right one will come. We are viewing 2 sites a week at the moment. A successful Kickstarter will help us move through the leasing,planning,legal stages on the journey to opening.
Growing from one site to two sites. We are busy putting in place operational systems at the cafe, which we can transfer to the new place.
The biggest risk is we open another place and nobody comes - this Kickstarter will help ensure that doesn't happen.
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