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By Lee Vance
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About

Dinner started as a small farmers market booth in the summer of 2012,  we used ingredients from local farms to craft creative cuisine and soon everyone was asking us "where's the restaurant?".    We didn't have one,  so we had to start one,  and that fall Dinner opened it's doors after a last minute agreement to lease the Nehalem River Inn.   

http://www.yelp.com/biz/dinner-at-the-nehalem-river-inn-nehalem-2

Pan roasted halibut, on an heirloom tomato steak,  parsley puree,  french beans,  and a summer vegetable slaw
Pan roasted halibut, on an heirloom tomato steak, parsley puree, french beans, and a summer vegetable slaw

Our new location became even more popular but also limited our possibilities with serious maintenance issues and an out of the way location.    In the spring of 2013, we were approached by a team of developers and investors who wanted to see us move into a brand new location right in the middle of downtown Manzanita,  and were generously willing to build the space to suit our needs.

Brined pork porterhouse with whipped yukon gold potatoes,  cider glaze,  and carmelized brussels sprouts
Brined pork porterhouse with whipped yukon gold potatoes, cider glaze, and carmelized brussels sprouts

The decision to pack up and move and everything involved in opening a brand new restaurant isn't a decision we made lightly.   We hired expert consultants and we crunched the numbers to determine if we could be successful.   Next we  got a team of builders on board to create an interior space as unique and local as the food we serve.   Our final step was creating this kickstarter project to help close the funding gap.   

With your support we can make Dinner in Manzanita a reality!  

Summer corn bisque with fermented corn relish,  esplette pepper and nasturtium
Summer corn bisque with fermented corn relish, esplette pepper and nasturtium
Fresh picked morel mushrooms!
Fresh picked morel mushrooms!
Hand made buttermilk-ricotta gnudi.
Hand made buttermilk-ricotta gnudi.

Risks and challenges

Any new restaurant is a huge organizational task. Staffing, accounting, licensing, building the space and installing all the equipment. There is so much to be done!

Specific challenges include the seasonality of a coastal restaurant in a tourist driven economy. Carefully managing our finances will be key to evening out the ebb and flow of that business cycle. We also just need to be ready to feed all those faces. By opening early in the year we'll have plenty of time to work out the bumps before the crowds arrive.

As a farm-to-table restaurant we will always have a higher food cost than establishments that rely on food that shows up in a truck from a big purveyor. To manage this we need to not only build close relationships with our local farmers to make sure product is available, but also be creative in using as much of that product as possible to minimize waste.

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    100+ Appetizers OR dessert for two at the restaurant, PLUS a glass water bottle engraved with our logo. (Plus a big thank you on the website and your name on our Gratitude wall.)

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    500+ Dinner for 2 at the restaurant, PLUS a glass water bottle engraved with our logo, (plus a big Thank You on our website, and your name on our Gratitude Wall.)

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    1000+ Dinner for 6 at the restaurant OR Lee will come to your house (within 200 mile radius) and prepare a 4 course dinner for 6 on a Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday PLUS a glass water bottle engraved with our logo. (and a BIG Thank You on our website, and your name on our Gratitude Wall)

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    2,000+ We will close the restaurant on a Sunday, Monday,Tuesday and host a private, 4 course dinner for you and 20 of your closest friends. This event would be closed to the public. (Must not be on Holidays), PLUS a glass water bottle engraved with our logo. (and a big Thank You on our website, and your name on our Gratitude Wall)

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    For your generous donation, we will host a Corporate Retreat complete with Breakfast and Lunch service for 30 in the restaurant. Coffee/Juice/Pastries and hot breakfast included, as well as a 3 course lunch with snacks in between. This event will book the restaurant from 7am-3:30pm most days available with proper notice. This reward also includes your name/company's name on the gratitude wall, a BIG thank you on our website, and glass water bottles for everyone in your party.

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    10,000+ We will close the restaurant any day of the week for you and 30 people to host a private 4 course meal PLUS 2 cooking classes with the chef, PLUS a glass water bottle engraved with our logo, and a fun T shirt with our logo. (plus a big Thank You on our website, and your name on our Gratitude Wall)

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Funding period

- (60 days)