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Bradley's - elegantly down-to-earth in Downtown Saginaw

Saginaw, MI Restaurants
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     We like food, we like people, and we like our planet. We thought it would be a great idea to combine all those interests in our restaurant -- why not make tasty and interesting food, that's also grown responsibly? Better food that's better for people and better for the Earth! Food with integrity. Fresh food from close to home is better than old food from far away. Why? Because it doesn't have to be engineered "shelf-stable" to spend a week being shipped from Chile. Because a short trip from field to market uses less fossil fuel. Because we can shake hands with the farmer and ask "How was this raised?" Because we don't need pre-made processed foods full of preservatives and a laundry-list of chemical additives; we can assemble all the required ingredients on a plate right here in our kitchen. Because it supports local businesses, folks who pay their taxes and spend their dollars right here. Because the shortest trip from farm to table means food that is at the peak of freshness and flavor. While we will use some non-local products, our focus will be on featuring a variety of local foods, grown sustainably, raised and processed responsibly. 

We love a variety of foods …  at home, we make our own bacon and brew our own beer. But we think everybody should get to have good and interesting food when they go out to eat. So our vegetarian and gluten-free friends won't be relegated to side-dishes of rice or steamed broccoli, they will get some entree selections of their very own. 

     We've been looking for a place to put this restaurant for two years now. Almost every venue we've considered has been in Downtown Saginaw. We love our hometown, and we think it could use more good, local restaurants (we're big fans of the ones that are already here; the more, the merrier). We want to contribute to bringing a sense of community back to downtown, and to help preserve interesting old buildings with some character and style. So here we are, renovating the site of the former Cafe Char-La on Federal. There's a lot going on here in Downtown Saginaw these days, and we want to be part of it. When you come down for a night at the symphony, a Spirit hockey game, or a concert at the new amphitheater, we want to be part of your evening out on the town.

Help us get cooking … we can't wait to see you here! 

Two sample menus are posted on our website: http://www.bradleysbistro.com/#!menu/cee5

(p.s. Any additional funds will go toward our Liquor License … our next project after we open!)

Risks and challenges

Renovating an old building is a lot more challenging than moving into a strip mall. And more rewarding. It's recycling at its best -- it has charm, it has history, it has … nothing usable. So here we are, tearing out everything right down to the floor joists (and even some of those), and building an entirely new space within the beautiful 100-year-old brick walls. After a year of work, we are finally nearing completion on the construction phase of our project, and we are nearly ready to launch the actual restaurant.
Once construction is complete, our challenge will be to build and maintain a clientele that will support our business. This means sharing our food philosophy, keeping ourselves and our staff educated about the products we use, and enthusiastically offering that knowledge to our patrons. In this way, we hope to build a community of diners who care about their food and where it came from, creating a healthier community, a healthier planet, and a healthy business.

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    Exclusive Bradley's bumper sticker, for Kickstarter donors only. Featuring Bradley's logo and location, plus pithy phrasing of our philosophy.

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    Pre-paid Appetizers: Pay now, eat later! Help us get cooking, and we will serve you the appetizer of your choice when you come to dine with us! Includes Bradley's bumper sticker!

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    Fabulous t-shirts! Men's, Women's, or Kid's sizes and styles, featuring Bradley front and back. Includes Bradley's bumper sticker.

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    The Dinner Deal: pay now, dine later! Help us get cooking, and we'll give you your choice of: Two dinners OR One dinner with an appetizer and dessert ... and the bill's on us. Includes Bradley's bumper sticker! Redeemable after August.

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    Cooking Class: Be a celebrity guest at one of Bradley's cooking classes, where Chef Scott will set you up with recipes to wow your guests at your next party! Dates to be announced for September, October, November, January, February, and March. Includes t-shirt and bumper sticker too!

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    The Farmer in the Dell: come with us to visit one of our farmers and tour their estate, hear about their products, their growing methods, and their background. Then it's back to Bradley's for lunch and more talk about fabulous food. Walk away with some new knowledge, a satisfied tummy, plus a t-shirt and a bumper sticker! Bring a friend! Dates TBA

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    Bradley's BFF: We want to throw a party, and you're invited! Bradley wants his best supporters to join him for an exclusive event including food and drinks and music and fun. And he wants to put your names on a special plaque in the restaurant, for all to see! Future appetizers and Bradley's swag included (t-shirts & bumper stickers). Date TBA, July or later.
    (p.s. If you want to contribute but can't join us for the actual party, we will work out something special out just for you!)

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    We've Got You Covered! You and a friend spend a few hours in the kitchen with Chef Scott in your own private cooking class, discussing recipes, techniques, and products, while preparing a delicious three-course meal, … and wearing your very own Bradley's chef aprons! After enjoying your meal, take home the aprons, recipes, plus t-shirts and bumper stickers! Also includes you in Bradley's BFFs (see above)! Can be scheduled after August 2014.

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    Guest Chef for a Day: Don a Bradley's chef coat (or apron) and join Chef Scott in the kitchen, planning the menu features and prepping ingredients. When it's time for dinner, you will work with the kitchen staff to send out the delicious food you've helped prepare throughout the day. Your name will appear on all the menus, and patrons will be made aware of your contributions to planning and preparation. Take home the menu, recipes, Bradley's chef coat or apron, plus a t-shirt, and a bumper sticker! Also includes you in Bradley's BFFs (see above). Can be scheduled after August 2014.

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    Private Party: a mini-restaurant take-over. Invite up to eleven friends to join you for an exceptional meal at Bradley's. You're the boss: you select the guests; you select the menu; you select the music. Also includes Bradley's chef coat or apron, t-shirt, and bumper sticker, and you are included in Bradley's BFFs (see above)! Offered for Sundays and Mondays only, at a mutually-agreed-upon date after August 2014.

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    Restaurant Take-Over! You're the boss when you commandeer Bradley's for up to 25 of your friends. You select the guests; you select the menu; you select the music; you select the flowers. Help Chef Scott in the kitchen if you'd like, or just put your feet up and boss everybody if you want. At dinner time, greet your guests and party it up! Take home your own Bradley's chef coat or apron, plus a t-shirt and bumper sticker! Also includes you in Bradley's BFFs (see above). Dates at a mutually-agreed-upon time after August 2014.

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