I founded Buddha's Belly Smoothie Cafe after being a raw vegan for the past 2 years. Changing my diet changed my life- it made me happier, healthier, and gave me more passion for life. About 6 months ago, I decided that I wanted to dedicate myself to bringing health and awareness to as many people as possible.
Denver is a perfect place for a raw, vegan restaurant since SO many people are vegan and enjoy eating healthy food! Everyone I talk to about Buddha's Belly Smoothies is so passionate about the mission because they realize that we desperately need a restaurant like this in Denver.
Our goal is to bring the most delicious, healthy food to people that are on the go. Instead of being a sit-down restaurant, we decided to brand ourselves as a "fast food" cafe and smoothie bar. We realize that restaurants like McDonald's and Burger King are extremely popular for people with busy, hectic lifestyles- but when people eat such unhealthy food, they are not able to perform to their highest ability. We want Buddha's Belly to be able to compete with these fast food chains, while at the same time only delivering organic, raw, vegan, gluten and soy free, and non-GMO food.
Food quality and health are our HIGHEST priorities. Buddha's Belly will never sacrifice the quality of the food we serve in order to bring down prices or add to the taste of our food. We believe that organic, raw food brings out the most delicious flavors, and no added fillers or preservatives are ever needed!!
Buddha's Belly is not only committed to quality food, but also local and sustainable sourcing. We want to promote Eco-Consciousness as well as Animal Rights Awareness. We LOVE our planet, and all of the creatures that inhabit it, and we believe that we can eat delicious food without sacrificing any part of nature in the process.
And in the future...
If we reach our funding goal, Buddha's Belly will be opening it's first store front in Denver, CO. However if the cafe takes off the way I expect it to, it will not be long until Buddha's Belly opens up in other cities across the country! We want to bring healthy, vegan food to cities that don't have these food options already. Wouldn't it be amazing to see a Buddha's Belly on every street corner instead of a McDonalds or Starbucks??? That is our dream- and if it is your dream as well, then please help us by donating to our cause! Even if you do not live in Denver, donating to Buddha's Belly is making willa HUGE impact on the health of the world. Every time a vegan, organic business opens, it turns up the good vibrations of the world one notch.
Check out our sample menu to get a feel for what our business has to offer!
Risks and challenges
Opening a restaurant is EXTREMELY expensive. As I mentioned in the video, just to get equipment for the restaurant will cost me $28,500. However, there are so many more expenses and risks on top of that.
If I am not able to get this funding from kickstarter, I will not be able to open Buddha's Belly Smoothie Cafe. This would be a huge lose for Denver, as they desperately need a healthy alternative to fast food restaurants!
Once I receive my funding, I will sign a lease for a retail location. Then I will need to pass health inspections and get all of my necessary licensing. This will be challenging, but it WILL get done!
3 month subscription to my weekly online cooking classes. Learn how to make delicious raw food all from the comfort of your own home! Plus free email and phone consultations if you need extra helps in starting your raw diet. A $600 value!
We will fly you out to Denver for the grand opening party of Buddha’s Belly and put you up for 1 night, along with catering one day of your stay with food from Buddha’s Belly. In addition, your name will be put on the top of the list of contributers on our menu.