CA$ 2,610
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, April 1 2018 4:00 AM UTC +00:00
Coco and Marlo De LeoBy Coco and Marlo De Leo
First created
Coco and Marlo De LeoBy Coco and Marlo De Leo
First created
CA$ 2,610
pledged of CA$ 25,000pledged of CA$ 25,000 goal
25
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, April 1 2018 4:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

Welcome to the DreamLand Cafe

Sisters and partners, The DreamLand Cafe has been a part of our psyche since we were 6 and 7 years old. When the tiny space on Laurier Ave was presented to us last year, we just had to take the leap. We were lucky in that we could easily implement our concept without making big changes to the space. We love our little space in downtown Ottawa, but are limited in what we can do there. We have a vision and just couldn't make it happen fully here. Enter February 2018, 262 Preston Street—in the heart of Little Italy, Ottawa. We just knew this was where the DreamLand Cafe could reach its full potential. We could be open evenings and weekends, offer a full bar, and finally, finally offer our late night pasta bar. Our Monday-to-Friday customers can now bring their friends and family to enjoy the same famed coffee and pasta....plus much, much more. We are doubly thrilled to bring our enduring passion for pasta to Little Italy in our home town of Ottawa. Becoming part of the history of this famous stretch is a humbling honour.

With your help, we will open DreamLand Cafe: a cafe and fresh Italian pasta bar in the heart of Little Italy, Ottawa. Our concept is simple: great fresh food and drink in a dreamy environment.

The Name

We come by this name honestly. From a long line of dreamers, we just never stop. We also know that for any great dream to come true, dedication, hard work and a team of creative and inspiring people are key. The Dream Team has been picked and we are all ready to roll come April 1, 2018.

Food

Everything on our menu has a unique story
Everything on our menu has a unique story

The food is hand-made and always fresh. Most is made in-house. Some ingredients are imported from Italy (of course) and our amazing Sicilian coffee, Miscela d’Oro, is roasted and delivered to us directly from Montreal. As always, we will offer our pasta served up in our signature take-out boxes. We even plan to have a dedicated take-out window at the rear of building by the back patio, where you can order right from the kitchen. And you can have a beer or glass of wine on the patio while you wait. Does it get any better than that? The food will be for everyone. And of course, we can accommodate our Vegan and Gluten sensitive customers as always. Just think of the fun we will be having in the kitchen together with the customer who pledges the rights to a signature pasta dish in their name! This is the stuff dreams are made of.

Drink

Great Italian food deserves just as good a drink, so we'll be sure you don't leave thirsty. There is something special—almost necessary—about enjoying a great bottle of wine with your pasta. Our wine list will have something for everyone without being overwhelming. We plan on sourcing some crafted brews for our taps and offer some obvious Italian imports. For our customers who enjoy something a little stronger, we have planned a unique cocktail menu and have a handful of top shelf scotches, whiskeys and other spirits. We are excited to add a signature cocktail or two, created together with our customer(s) who make that pledge.

Look & Feel

The DreamLand Cafe is known for its cool and cozy vibe. This is where you will see your support in technicolour. There are murals to be painted, dream walls to appear—inside and out! Most importantly, we will build a "family wall" to acknowledge all the wonderful people who helped make The DreamLand Cafe come to life.

Beet-root latte
Beet-root latte

Service

We will now be a full-service restaurant. You can still take your pasta to go, but now will have the option to stay and relax to have that second cup of coffee or sip on a glass of wine.

Quality assurance
Quality assurance

Our cafe is your cafe and we always want you to feel comfortable and at ease. The Dream Team will be at your service to ensure you have a memorable experience—a Polaroid worthy to hang on our wall.

Community

We aren't looking to open just any restaurant. Our Nonna was a professional cook for 30 years and we grew up eating what we thought was ‘normal’ food, that everyone ate. Boy, were we mistaken. We get an overwhelming sense of gratitude to be opening our very own restaurant on the street where our Nonno met up with friends for espresso, and our Nonna, dad and aunts joined other Italian families for dinners, festivals, or went simply to shop at the various specialty food and clothing stores. We feel like we are coming home in a sense, and are excited to bring all our supporters along with us.

Risks and challenges

Challenges Before We Open

Our biggest challenge with this project is the preparation of the space and staff to run it. We find inspiration at every turn, and Kickstarter is no different. Kickstarter exists for a reason. It knows full well the financial challenges for businesses. Banks are notoriously tough, to say the least. Even with a proven concept, the idea of lending or granting start-up money to 19 and 21-year-old entrepreneurs with no credit history is simply not in their playbook. Sometimes ‘congratulations’ and ‘keep up the good work’ are not quite enough. So we are putting all of our dreams on the table and believing that the community and our supporters are going to embrace us. We also want them all to be assured that we are going to work tirelessly and realize that every dollar pledged is investment in us.

Challenges After We Open

Despite our young age, we know that running a profitable restaurant is far from easy. The challenges of rising rents, food costs, and labour costs are hard realities and ongoing pressures. Luckily, we have tons of energy and we don’t scare easily. We remain open to making adjustments in order to overcome challenges as they come.

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    Pledge CA$ 5 or more About US$ 4

    Dream Starter

    The easiest way to be a part of the dream!

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    Morning Dream

    This one is for coffee lovers and early risers.

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    • Coffee or tea of your choice
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    Pledge CA$ 25 or more About US$ 19

    Pasta Dream

    The perfect lunch of your dreams!
    (Gratuity + alcoholic drinks not included)

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    • Pasta of your choice
    • Coffee or tea of your choice
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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About US$ 37

    Dream Date

    Late night pasta for two at DreamLand Cafe. A perfect way to start or continue your dream date! (Gratuity + alcoholic drinks not included)

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    • Pasta of your choice
    • Coffee or tea of your choice
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    Office Dream

    The working lunch! Takeout pasta (regular sizes) for 4 people (4 brewed coffee included). (Gratuity + alcoholic drinks not included)

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    • Pasta of your choice
    • Coffee or tea of your choice
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    Pledge CA$ 150 or more About $112

    Dream From Afar

    For our long distance supporters, so you can always feel a part of our kitchen dream team: your very own, stylish DLC apron bearing our Logo! And, if you are ever in town, lunch or dinner is on us!

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    • DreamLand Cafe apron
    • Starter, entree, coffee and desert
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    Pledge CA$ 200 or more About US$ 149

    Dreamer Duo

    3 course dinner for 2 (2 starters, 2 entrees, 2 desserts and coffee). Catch up and stay a while. (Gratuity + alcoholic drinks not included)

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    Pledge CA$ 365 or more About US$ 272

    Sweet Dream

    Coffee or tea of your choice for one year (max 1 per day). Perfect if you live or work nearby. Perfect if you don't. Just plain perfect!

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    • DreamLand Cafe Pink Card (daily coffee for a year)
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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $373

    Dream Builder

    Tickets for 2 to our exclusive grand opening celebration (where we will spoil you ROTTEN... closed to general public).

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    • Ticket to grand opening
    • DreamLand Cafe apron
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    Cocktail Dreams

    If distance separates us, or you just love cocktails, we'll make sure you are always at DLC in spirit by naming one of our signature cocktails after you. Work with us to create your dream cocktail. Receive a pasta of your choice and DLC apron too!

    Includes:
    • Create a signature cocktail with us and name it after you!
    • Pasta of your choice
    • DreamLand Cafe apron
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    Pledge CA$ 899 or more About US$ 671

    Sweeter Dream

    Never stress about breakfast or your morning fuel. Coffee or tea of your choice and morning breakfast treat for one year (max 1 per day).

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    • DreamLand Cafe Sunrise Card (daily coffee + treat for a year)
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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About $746

    VIP Thursday Dream

    Prime Time VIP! Up for grabs is a standing reservation for 2 people at 7pm EVERY Thursday night for one year, free daily coffee for a year, and a DreamLand Cafe apron.

    Includes:
    • Standing reservation for 2 at 7pm every Saturday for a year
    • DreamLand Cafe Pink Card (daily coffee for a year)
    • DreamLand Cafe apron
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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About $746

    VIP Friday Dream

    Prime Time VIP! Up for grabs is a standing reservation for 2 people at 7pm EVERY Friday night for one year, free daily coffee for a year, and a DreamLand Cafe apron.

    Includes:
    • Standing reservation for 2 at 7pm every Saturday for a year
    • DreamLand Cafe Pink Card (daily coffee for a year)
    • DreamLand Cafe apron
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    VIP Saturday Dream

    Prime Time VIP! Up for grabs is a standing reservation for 2 people at 7pm EVERY Saturday night for one year, free daily coffee for a year, and a DreamLand Cafe apron.

    Includes:
    • Standing reservation for 2 at 7pm every Saturday for a year
    • DreamLand Cafe Pink Card (daily coffee for a year)
    • DreamLand Cafe apron
    • Our gratitude displayed on the DreamLand Cafe website
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    Pledge CA$ 2,000 or more About US$ 1,492

    Otto Dreamers

    Perfect for monthly meetings, book club, team building, after work snack plus some bonding time with your boss. The Pastabilities are endless with this one.
    (Gratuity + alcoholic drinks not included)

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    • Dinner (appetizer, pasta, dessert) once a month for one year
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    Ultimate Morning Dream

    You are living a stress free life after pledging our morning dream--coffee for life! Never worry about where to fuel up each and every day.

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    • Coffee for life (max 1/day)
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    Pledge CA$ 2,500 or more About US$ 1,865

    Quattro Dreamers

    There is nothing better than sharing great food with people you love. Dinner for 4 people once a month for one year. (Gratuity + alcoholic drinks not included)

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    • Dinner (appetizer, pasta, dessert) once a month for one year
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    Pledge CA$ 5,000 or more About US$ 3,759

    Summer Dream

    Now we’re talking. Take advantage of both of our licensed patios AND the restaurant. Inside and out, the ENTIRE space is ready for you and your closest 49 friends. Includes starter, entrée, dessert and coffee, and DJ. (Gratuity + alcoholic drinks not included)

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    • 50 person private summer party
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Funding period

- (30 days)