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Bringing a positive working environment with a local, vegetarian, vegan, and raw menu to Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Bringing a positive working environment with a local, vegetarian, vegan, and raw menu to Grand Rapids, Michigan.
176 backers pledged $11,040 to help bring this project to life.

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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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    A special hand-crafted thank you postcard personalized just for you, plus an awesome Bartertown Diner magnet limited to our kickstarter investors!

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    One voucher for a sandwich of your choosing at the diner, plus the postcard and the Bartertown magnet!

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    For a mere donation of $35, you will get an invitation to the very exclusive Bartertown cook-out party!! This includes all the beverages and food you can consume (until supplies run out), an exclusive cook-out party t-shirt, and a chance to hang out with and get to know the staff of Bartertown Diner & Roc's Cupcakes! Invites are limited, so don't miss your chance to get in on this!!

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    A donation of $50 lets you show your support by choosing between one of two different Bartertown T-shirt designs. The donation also includes both the $10 and $20 prize packages.

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    Sick of people forgetting your birthday? For $50, Bartertown Diner will give you not only a free meal (dine-in OR delivered to you!) but also a phone call on your birthday, every year for THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!!!

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    If you donate $75 you get the Bartertown gift package with a postcard, magnet, free sandwich, T- Shirt, AND a limited edition "Don't Squeeze The Cook's Buns" apron. Not only will you have an apron exactly like the one Che Guevara wears on our mural, you'll have the same apron Michael J. Fox wears on Family Ties!

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    $100 gets you all of the prizes above, PLUS the detailed and handmade cookbook of our first menu so you can make all our dishes in your kitchen.

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    A donation of $150 will get you all of the $10-100 prizes, with an invitation for yourself and one guest to our private kickstarter investor dinner! The dinner includes an appetizer, two dishes, and two beverages all picked by you from our one time only menu.

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    For $250 you can also become a part of Bartertown history by naming an item on one of our seasonal menus! Don't forget, you get the $10-$100 dollar prizes on top of it all and this limited prize will only be available for a short while. Don't miss your only chance to name one of our dishes!

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    Live in Grand Rapids? $250 will get you a delicious, handmade lunch (you give us your allergies, likes and dislikes, and we'll surprise you!) twice a week for TWO MONTHS delivered to your home/work (within 2 miles of the diner)!

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    A donation of $350 can get you a once in a lifetime opportunity to have Bartertown chefs at your private party! Bartertown will bring the food, plates, beverages, cooks, servers, and dishwashers, so all you have to do is relax. Then at the end of the night we clean your kitchen and give you the $10-$100 dollar prizes that are included in your prize package. The dinner is good for up to 6 of your personally invited guests anywhere in the Grand Rapids area!

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    If you want something a little different, a donation of $350 can get you the most coveted prize of all, your face on our mural! To thank you for all your support, Scott the Bartertown Diner artist will skillfully and tastefully paint your face on our large scale mural that will remain on the wall as long as the diner exists. Dont miss your chance to become a part of Bartertown history!

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    For $500, you can have a 25 person party catered by Bartertown Diner & Roc's Cupcakes! We'll bring all our cooks, servers, and dishwashers so you don't have to do a thing!

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    A pledge of $750 dollars gets you another very limited and very special prize. To show our gratitude for your generous contribution, we will cater any mid to large size event you have planned. This catering order is good for up to 50 people and we will bring Bartertown's best chefs, servers, and dishwashers.

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    $1000 Dollars will get you all the $10-$100 prizes, one $250 prize, PLUS the simple but complex prize of the best sandwich you have ever eaten. Prize is Guaranteed, if you're not impressed come back and try again!

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