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We make great crepes, and we want to make MORE. After running a street stand in Houston for 5 years, it's time to move indoors.
We make great crepes, and we want to make MORE. After running a street stand in Houston for 5 years, it's time to move indoors.
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Hi. We are Melange Creperie.

We've been making the best crepes in town for the past 5 years from a tiny street stand at the corner of Westheimer and Taft. We’ve loved every minute of that time, but we're ready to take things to the next level with our own brick and mortar restaurant. At our current location the lease is up so this is the perfect time to explore new opportunities. We have big plans for our little business, but to get there we need your help.

With this Kickstarter we have an initial goal of $50,000 to help open our restaurant. Our true dream is our secondary goal of raising $100,000 to KEEP US IN MONTROSE. This is our home. It’s where our regulars are, where the city goes to eat and we believe that Montrose is the heart of Houston culture. Montrose is the Left Bank of Houston, with all the artists and students; the Greenwich Village of Houston with the Pride Parade and the bohemians. We want to stay here where the action is!

In 2014 we were named one of the Top Ten restaurants in Houston by the Houston Chronicle (#10). Without tables, chairs, bathrooms or even walls we can compete with the best in town. Now we want to show everyone how much we can really do!

Press

#12 Best Restaurant in Houston (2012)

#15 Best Restaurant in Houston (2013)

• Eater Essential 38 (2011)

• Houston Press ‘100 Favorite Dishes’ (2011, 2013)

Houston Press ‘Best Crepes’ (2014)

Southern Living ‘Best Southern Cheap Eats’ (2014)

+ Melange Creperie is an Only in Houston Treasure (2011)
Houston Chronicle, Alison Cook, article included in nomination for James Beard award in Food Writing

• Hey, check out our Yelp reviews

For the past year our restaurant model has been in development. We are going to keep doing what we are best at, which is offering a personable, quick service showcasing seasonal fresh recipes from cuisines across the world. In addition to our wonderful crepes, we will offer innovative sides and drinks. Our restaurant will be a happy relaxed spot for everyone. Grab a quick bite alone, have a romantic dinner or brunch with your girlfriends. We can even host your birthday party or baby shower.

In addition to our in house options we will continue to offer private catering, crepe street stands, wedding catering, event rentals and wholesale orders. Our business model is well rounded and we can meet the needs of many facets of the marketplace.

Our current street stand business is known as the best in town but we do not have a presentation large enough to accommodate our potential customers. There is a great opportunity for us to grab the brass ring and fill one of Houston’s culinary voids.

We work with great local producers. We believe in supporting our neighbors and their offerings contribute to the deliciousness of our food. Our vendors include, Houston Dairymaids, Atkinson Farm, Urban Harvest, Froberg's Farm, Swede Family Farm, Emile Street Community Garden, Plant It Forward, Moorhead's Farm, Mill King Creamery, Lucky Layla Dairy and Sinfull Bakery. We also grow our own fruits and vegetables and enjoy foraging the urban landscape.

Melange Creperie has an environmental commitment to building a restaurant with a Zero Waste policy. We recycle all metal, plastic and cardboard in the kitchen and compost all scraps. Our food service model includes no Styrofoam. We use only paper wrappers and recyclable tin. By reducing or eliminating food trash and water conservation efforts we hope to build on models of green restauranteurs and promote such efforts in Houston.

We can offer some great rewards here on Kickstarter but if you are interested in equity investment over $7,500 please contact us directly. We have some amazing people who believe in our vision and we want to thank them for all they've committed to us already.

 Where will this money go? To important stuff of course. We will use the majority of our kickstarter funds to buildout a restaurant- chairs, tables, ovens, fridges, crepe makers, walls, doors, windows, floors, ceiling fans, cute little lights, big 'ol floodlights, maybe a patio, parking lot fixing, forks, stoves, freezers, signage, menus, planters, plants, electrical wiring, plumbing, toilets, sinks, spoons, knives, coffee making stuff, big jars, little jars, mason jars, benches, awnings, immersion blenders, giant pots, salamanders, hooks and ladders. 

Research, permitting, accounting, insurance and setting up accounts with vendors will also be needed.

Then we'll need some to pay staff to train and get our feet under us before we open. Phew! Almost there to opening day!

Risks and challenges

In the restaurant business 1 in 4 restaurants close or change ownership in their first year. 60% fail in 3 years or less. We have survived for 5 years now, beating the odds. We've watched the restaurant across the street change hands 4 times since we have opened at the corner of Westheimer and Taft Street.

Our price controls and seasonal menus have contributed to our success and we will continue this in any larger scale business model. Our low overhead has also helped, and the lessons learned in street food thriftiness will help us shape our restaurant business.

Our restaurant will be beautifully designed with personable and individualized service, a modularly scaled employee model, and innovative seasonal dishes that speak to the ethnic diversity of our city. Our research and experience in crepe service has given us valuable insight into how we can be the best. We have solved the bottleneck that plagues many crepe restaurants and pushes serving times back by experimenting with our division of labor. Melange Creperie employees will taste everything and be encouraged to give feedback and cross-train with multiple duties within the restaurant.

As soon as investment is acquired we will immediately permit our plans with the city, consult engineers, form a construction crew and begin our renovation. Training staff will take full advantage of the best crepe makers in Houston and consultations from some of the city’s leading experts in specialty products and culinary innovators. Our goal is to bring crepes to thousands of people in this city and to create another culinary institution.

Relying on our friends for strength, our peers for advice and on our families for support has been very important to us and we are grateful for all of them. We want to give back to the city, to our loyal customers and to everyone we depend on. To do so we will continue to be open to change and take hardships as they come. Starting this new evolution in our business will not be easy but we believe it will be worth it.

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    One Banana Nutella crepe, oozing delicious hazlenutty chocolateness, stuffed with a full banana and wrapped in paper thin crepetude.

    I will also thank you at the top of my lungs so that all may know your awesomeness.

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    All for the LULZ

    5 index cards with silly things I've tweeted; mailed to you to leave at your desk, in the kitchen, to give to your enemies or to use as oddball greeting cards lolololololol

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    Crepe 2 pack! To enjoy at the stand or in our new restaurant. Anything on the menu, taste a couple of delicious crepes!

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    Exclusive mini-comic silliness! Learn how Incessant Growling and Mean Comment got to build their stack of crepes to the ceiling and welcomed little !! to the family when they found her in the forest.

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    Crepe 5 pack! To enjoy at the stand or in our new restaurant. Anything on the menu, taste a bunch of delicious crepes!

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    Sphinx Monster Tee and Crepe Monster decals! Crepe Monster is the face of our omnipresent twitter and he thinks crepes are delicious.

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    Crepe 7 pack! To enjoy at the stand or in our new restaurant. Anything on the menu, taste a bunch of delicious crepes!

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    Sphinx Monster Tee and Crepe Monster decals! Crepe Monster is the face of our omnipresent twitter and he thinks crepes are delicious.

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    Early Bird Special!

    Handy dandy 'What to Eat Local' produce Calendar for Houston! This compilation of what's at the farmers' markets, local farms and grocery stores helps you look for what's local and in season first. Looks supercool on your kitchen wall.

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    Crepe 10 pack! To enjoy at the stand or in our new restaurant. Anything on the menu, taste all the delicious crepes!

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    Skip Ahead Card! Skip to the front of the line at our Mangos street stand while its open... and help us get to open a restaurant!

    Skip Ahead Card is also good for free drip coffee at our restaurant the first 3 months we open.

    Skip Ahead Card is valid for 2 crepes at our Mangos location. Print out your donor receipt to use before the Kickstarter ends.

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    Early bird special!

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    Crepe 12 pack! To enjoy at the stand or in our new restaurant. Anything on the menu, taste all the delicious crepes and then some!

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    Market Skip Ahead Card! Skip to the front of the line at Farmers Markets... and help us get to open a restaurant!

    Skip Ahead Card is also good for free drip coffee at our restaurant the first 3 months we open.

    Skip Ahead Card is valid to skip the line for 1 crepe each visit at any Farmers Market we serve crepes at. You still have to pay for your crepe. Valid all of 2015. Print out your donor receipt to use before the Kickstarter ends.

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    Get all the stuff! Sphinx Tee, Tweet cards, Mini-comic, Crepe Monster Decals, and a What to Eat Local Calendar all bundled up for you to enjoy.

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    Early Bird!
    All the Stuff and Crepes too!!!

    Sphinx Monster Tee, Tweet cards, Mini-comic, Crepe Monster Decals, What to Eat Calendar and five crepes of your choosing!

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    All the Stuff and Crepes too!!!

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    Crepe 20 pack! To enjoy at the stand or in our new restaurant. Anything on the menu, taste a whole lotta delicious crepes!

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    Come to the market with me! Select dates to visit and tour the Saturday Eastside market, Tuesday Rice market or everyday Airline market to get the inside scoop on vendors, seasonality, pricing and expectations. Plus get a What to Eat Local Calendar!

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    All the stuff! Sphinx Monster Tee, What To Eat Local calendar, mini-comic, Crepe Monster decals, tweet cards... And a trip to the market!

    Come to the market with me! Select dates to visit and tour the Saturday Eastside market, Tuesday Rice market or everyday Airline market

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    Did you know I used to be an art critic and curator? Well now you do!

    500-1000 word article critiquing any artwork (or object or performance or person) in piquant and flowery language fit for Artforum- along with guidance on how to get it in a gallery or setup your own art show.

    *success in the art world not guaranteed, ever

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    Showers are special! We love catering baby showers and with this reward you'll have a 20 person catering certificate for you or someone you know to have great crepes whenever that baby bump shows up. Help us out today and we'll be there for you when the time comes!

    A picture of your party will be enshrined on the wall of our restaurant for all to see!

    -Valid through 2020. Houston area only.

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    Party time! Party for you and 30 guests at our new restaurant, visit from the chef, complimentary crepes and beverages.

    A picture of your party will be enshrined on the wall of our restaurant for all to see!

    -Valid through 2017

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    Work with Sean to create and name a seasonal special crepe after you, e.g. the Patty Special!

    You can eat that crepe free any time it's on the menu, it will return in season each year for at least 5 years for 2-4 months.

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    Lets meet at your place! Catering at your home or event space for 75 guests. Classic crepes and seasonal specials, a menu tailored to your tastes.

    A picture of your party will be enshrined on the wall of our restaurant for all to see!

    -Valid through 2017. Houston area only

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    Make 'em if you got 'em! All you need to make crepes at home; a professional grade crepe maker, tools of the trade, 3 1 hour lessons and crepe batter tips! We'll teach you how to make crepes to impress family and friends with the best techniques and materials in home kitchen friendly style.

    A picture of you making crepes will be enshrined on the wall of our restaurant for all to see!

    -Houston area only

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    Restaurant Internship for you or someone you know, 3 months to learn how to make crepes proficiently, work in the kitchen on international flavors and experience sourcing local and seasonal foods.

    A picture of you cooking in the kitchen will be enshrined on the wall of our restaurant for all to see!

    Perfect for someone with a good-fer-nuthin teenager or twenty-something or thirty-something and cheaper than a semester of culinary school.

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    Restaurant Internship for you or someone you know, 3 months to learn how to make crepes proficiently, work in the kitchen on international flavors and experience sourcing local and seasonal foods.

    A picture of you cooking in the kitchen will be enshrined on the wall of our restaurant for all to see!

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    Restaurant Internship for you or someone you know, 3 months to learn how to make crepes proficiently, work in the kitchen on international flavors and experience sourcing local and seasonal foods.

    A picture of you cooking in the kitchen will be enshrined on the wall of our restaurant for all to see!

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    Do you love Jerry Jones and Tony Romo? I sure don't. I will get a tattoo of the Dallas Cowboys logo and name on my leg.

    I hate the Dallas Cowboys.

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