Bartertown Diner & Roc's Cupcakes is an attempt to reinvent the idea of a restaurant in Grand Rapids. Our food will be all vegetarian, with many vegan and raw choices. Roc's Cupcakes will be operating from within the diner, featuring delicious and creative vegan treats. Local food will be a focus at the diner by using seasonal fruits & vegetables from local farmers as well as breads, cheeses, beverages, and even tofu, all grown or made in Michigan. Also, our menu will change frequently, in accordance with what is in season - who really wants to eat a tasteless tomato in the middle of December?!
We will be completely employee operated in the beginning, with plans to become employee owned and a member of the Industrial Workers of the World in the near future. This means everyone has equal pay and equal say in all decisions made by the diner. We want to create a restaurant that people will not only enjoy eating at, but will enjoy working at. We hope this way of operating will open doors of creativity for everybody involved and will give talented people a place they can fully express their craft.
The Bartertown Diner & Roc's Cupcakes staff is a group of seven seasoned restaurant workers. We have been working together since the beginning of the year, not only experimenting with food and ideas, but painting walls, tiling floors, and ripping out the remnants of a former coffee shop. We have put a lot of love and a lot of money into this space, but we need some extra help to get to the point we want to be!
We have already secured enough money to pay for our dining room, kitchen, and office. After all the work we have put into the restaurant, we still need a little boost to tie up loose ends, pay various fees, and get us on our way to becoming a sustainable business. Your donation will be an important investment into your community's future and ours! Remember, by helping out Bartertown, you are helping out a collective that is working towards making the restaurant industry a better, more beneficial and sustainable place for everyone!
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