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The Joint will be a gourmet café and market offering specialty coffee, tea and premium seafood - Opening in early 2017
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Hello Kickstarters!

I am Liwei Liao, food truck vet, chef, and entrepreneur, and I would like to introduce you to my next venture - The Joint. The Joint will be a dual-concept seafood market and cafe/restaurant located in Sherman Oaks and scheduled to open in early 2017.

The Joint brings together my deepest passions: coffee and tea, which started my career - and seafood, which has been a lifelong obsession. Inspired by my father from my childhood days, fishing has become more than just a mere hobby. For us, there is no greater joy than being able to catch a fish and share it together at the dinner table. Over the years, I have developed a deep philosophy and great respect for how my catch translates to the table. 

The Joint's café will serve hand-crafted drinks brewed from specialty coffee beans and premium tea leaves from around the world while the restaurant will offer classic seafood dishes, a raw bar, as well as local wines and craft beers. 

The adjoining seafood market will offer fresh fish, shellfish, and live crustaceans, carefully selected from local fishmongers. Seasonal delicacies and exotic imports from around the world will also be available, making The Joint the neighborhood’s premier locale for avid home cooks in search of high-quality, sustainable options. 

Bacon Clam Chowder in French Bread Bowl
Bacon Clam Chowder in French Bread Bowl

 

The Joint's Signature Lobster Roll
The Joint's Signature Lobster Roll

 

Kumamoto Oysters and Roe with Ponzu Sauce
Kumamoto Oysters and Roe with Ponzu Sauce

 

Smoked Nova Scotia King Salmon
Smoked Nova Scotia King Salmon

The Joint’s industrial-chic 4,000 square-foot interior will house approximately 70 seats and feature an outdoor patio seating area, complete with farm-style benches, chairs and tables. All of these pieces were designed and hand built on-site personally using 150-year-old reclaimed old growth lumber. 

We sincerely appreciate all the support from the community and hope that together we can make The Joint great!

The Joint is located at 13718 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 and will be open daily. 

For more information, visit www.thejointeatery.com.

Eater LA Article on the Joint
Eater LA Article on the Joint

 

   

Risks and challenges

The construction of our building is well underway, and we are scheduled to open in early 2017. We have already overcome most of the major hurdles that come with opening a new establishment, including securing a premium location, getting approval and permits for our plans from the city, and obtaining a liquor license. Unlike other projects, we are not relying solely on the funds raised from this campaign to get up and running. Our main purpose here is to offer our supporters a chance to be a part of our story. So come, join us!

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    High Five!

    A big THANK YOU and a virtual shout out on our social media accounts. Our backers will receive exclusive notice of special events and project developments.

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    Specialty Drink Duo

    Two specialty drinks - Coffee or Tea of your choice.

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    Specialty Coffee Beans

    One bag of The Joint's House Specialty Coffee Beans (16 oz).

    Reedemable in store, or an additional $10 for shipping and handling.

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    Lobster Roll and Clam Chowder Combo

    The Joint's signature lobster roll plus The Joint's Bacon Clam Chowder in a French bread bowl.

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    "The Joint" Cooking Apron

    Chef's apron with "The Joint" logo.

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    Smoked King Salmon

    Smoked Nova Scotia King Salmon (2 lbs) vacuum packed.

    Redeemable in store or an additional $15 for shipping and handling.

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    Premium Oysters

    Two dozen freshly shucked premium oysters on the half shell.

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    Art of Tea

    A tea cupping and tasting experience.

    Course includes instruction, demonstration, cupping/tasting, and a supply of tea with necessary brewing equipment for home.

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    Founder's Wall

    Your name will be inscribed on our Founder's Wall for display at our restaurant as a symbol of our everlasting gratitude.

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    The Joint's Exclusive Tasting Event

    Two tickets to The Joint's exclusive tasting event (food and non-alcoholic drinks provided).

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    Seafood 101

    Join us for a 60-minute on-site course on cooking seafood. You will learn all the basic and integral aspects of seafood selection, cleaning, prepping, and cooking a delicious meal! All ingredients included.

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    Valentine's Day DIY Seafood Feast Kit

    Impress your loved ones by creating the most romantic Valentine's Day dinner yourself this year!

    Kit will include all the ingredients needed to create your own 4-course gourmet seafood feast. We will offer you a selection of the best available options 2 weeks prior to Valentine's Day.

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    Coffee Club

    A pound of coffee beans (your choice of roast) every two weeks for a whole year.

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    Chef's Table Prix Fixe Menu

    We will prepare a 5-course prix fixe tasting menu for you and your friends at our exclusive Chef's Table (up to 8 people).

    Reservations will be available beginning in March.

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    VIP Seafood Membership

    VIPs will receive a hand-picked assortment of seafood (twice a month, for one year).

    Redeemable at our seafood counter.

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    Ocean to Table Fishing Excursion

    Fishing excursion for up to five people. We will take you and your friends fishing off the beautiful shores of southern California on a private chartered fishing vessel. Afterwards, head back to The Joint where Chef Liwei will prepare your catch for an amazing dinner at the Chef's Table.

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    Private Catered Party at Your Home

    There is nothing more special than having a private dinner catered in your own home. Chef Liwei and his team will be at your disposal for an entire evening (up to 12 guests). Dinner will feature a 5-course bespoke meal, all freshly prepared in the comfort of your own home.

    Greater Los Angeles area only.

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    Private Party at The Joint

    Book The Joint!

    You get a private catered party for up to 40 people, for 4 hours (lunch or dinner)

    Food and Non-alcoholic drinks included.

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