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Joe WestBy Joe West
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Joe WestBy Joe West
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$4,672
pledged of $66,000pledged of $66,000 goal
17
backers
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 26 2015

About

Dear Future Backer Of Kusshi,

I grew up in the Kansas City area and I have witnessed the amazing growth in our community for more than just food and restaurants. I want to help continue this success in Kansas City by bringing something new and different. I'm a son of an American USMC Father and a Japanese Mother, both worked very hard while raising my sister and I. My mother was a server of a couple of local restaurants (Jun's & Tatsu's) in Kansas City. I grew up running through kitchens and also hearing the stories of working in a restaurant from my mother. I was 16 years old when I took culinary classes at Broadmoor Technical Center and also working at 40 Sardines as a prep cook. I worked with grown men and women in the kitchen, I practiced for competitions before & after school. I worked full time hours while going to college for Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University. It was tough but I knew if I could handle both, I could handle anything. I battled depression later on in my career and overcame a lot of adversity, I battled being poor by working my ass off even if it meant working off the clock in many times in my life but I knew the handwork would pay off. I traveled and worked for some of the best chefs in the country. I eventually earned a sous chef position, became a chef de cuisine, and then an executive chef. All while going through the ups and downs of this industry, I developed my own style of cooking. I stayed on track and stayed focused on food and made myself into a chef. I'm proud of what I've done and I have stories to last a lifetime. I want to tell that story and the first step is through food. This restaurant is not the end of my dreams, it's only the beginning. I cannot express the gratitude I have for you to support this idea of "kusshi."

Sincerely,

Joe West

KUSSHI - Meaning 'Precious' in Japanese. Currently, we're running it as a "pop up" restaurant to help create the word of mouth and we have to thank The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange and bluestem so far for allowing us to use their beautiful spaces! Kusshi will be an upscale countertop dining experience. The kitchen is going to be the center stage and you, the guest, will be watching the show. It has been my life long dream to open a restaurant in my hometown, Kansas City. I want to make a positive difference for KC.

PRICING - The menu will showcase all small plates, so the prices will stay affordable. I love to pick out a bunch of dishes when I go out to eat and I know you all will enjoy this opportunity to try multiple dishes in one sitting. It's like going out for sushi or tapas but it's the "kusshi" way. Every dish is precious on it's own.

RESPONSIBILITY - As a member of the Kansas City community and as a restaurant we have a responsibility to give back. We want to help our friends and family with charity events and community projects.

Risks and challenges

I took a risk by quitting my job to venture out on my own. I had a vision for a pop up and I successfully created a pop up restaurant that supported myself financially, the equipment, china, flatware, resources, people that helped the pop ups, and much more.

So with restaurants, there are always setbacks and the idea is to create a space, build a team, and create a great working atmosphere for your team. But when things don't go our way, we will need to improvise and make adjustments. In a way, you have to go with the flow and stay focused. The idea of Kusshi is a lower risk concept because we are not going for this large restaurant that requires a lot of customers every night.

but without the funding, none of this is going to happen and the dream will not be lived. I know this will work and Kansas City has proven to be a great food town with a lot of hungry patrons. An increase in funding will result in a better the restaurant with more security!

I proved the food is good enough and I proved that I can create a business out of nothing. I know this will work and I know many of you, know this will work and succeed. Thank you so much.

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