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Gi Yong RheeBy Gi Yong Rhee
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Gi Yong RheeBy Gi Yong Rhee
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$2,538
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30
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, March 19 2018 11:45 AM UTC +00:00

About

Kitsune is a proposed fifty seat Japanese restaurant and bar located in Brooklyn, New York. Based on local and seasonal ingredients and methods, We will be offering omusubi and bento lunches in the afternoon while transforming in the evening to offer Japanese small plates and sushi with a late night menu consisting of comfort food favorites.

Kitsune was founded on the principles in the vernacular common meaning of Omusubi, which indicates “a power which gives birth and life force”. The act of making omusubi signifies a deep closeness and connection and a means of expressing love, as a mother to her child. Omusubi is considered the soul food of Japan and more common and more popular than sushi.  A convenient and hearty snack, Omusubi rice balls are made by rolling in the palms of your hands and typically stuffed with seasoned fillings consisting of vegetable, seafood or meat varieties. Kitsune’s goal is to set a new precedent with Omusubi rice balls with an affinity for healthy, quality ingredients and vegan alternatives.

Founded on the Japanese sensibilities of “Omusubi”, or “to tie or to bind,” Kitsune emphasizes the same philosophy not only for the menu but for the employees and the community as a whole. Emphasizing specials and seasonal highlights, Kitsune’s menus will focus on Japanese small plate culture that invite a refined culinary experience matched in both ambiance and aesthetics.

Consulting Chefs Erica Ohrling, (Macao Trading Company- Executive Chef) and Shigeru Mikami (BONDST- Executive Sushi Chef) will collaborate together bringing their experience and sensibilities to create concise and imaginative menu selections for lunch, dinner and late night fare. Bringing the same attention to the Omusubi varietals, the team will introduce an eclectic and imaginative menu that exemplifies the quality and taste profile of its ingredients. Shin Ikeda (B-Flat– founder, New York, Shanghai; Angel’s Share) will be developing the bar program and cultivating original cocktail profiles and bar menu while maintaining and mentoring a bar training program.

Kitsune Koffee

Hiroki Kobayashi, owner and founder of 95 RPM local coffee roasters,will curate Kitsune's coffee and tea program offering seasonal selections of the highest quality single estate coffee beans and tea leaves.

Quality ingredients is essential as well as ethical responsibility and while our coffee bean and tea leaves exceed such demands, dairy is a prime component that often gets overlooked. Kitsune will begin a pilot program using our daily housemade organic oat-milk as the standard while offering the highest quality in local dairy as a substitute. 

Sushi and Raw Bar

Bringing refinement and eloquence to Kitsune's sushi program, Shigeru Mikami, Executive Sushi Chef at BONDST restaurant, will consult and collaborate on the sushi program with the appointed head sushi chef. Providing the finest and freshest in seafood quality, Shigeru and team aim to return to traditional sensibilities and approach in preparing and serving sushi without limitations on the imagination. We will build relationships with local fisheries and only serve wild-caught seafood that is certified sustainable with tractability to the original fishery.

Japanese Small Plates

Erica Ohrling, Executive Chef at Macao Trading Company (Waverly - Executive Sous Chef, Vinegar Hill - Pastry Chef), will be developing the savory and sweet menus for Kitsune's lunch, dinner and late-night menus. Fusing Asian and European influences in thoughtful and inventive dishes at Macao Trading Company, Erica brings her creative talents to Japanese small plate culture at Kitsune.

Late Night ends the evening with creative spins on Japanese comfort food favorites and our own Kitsune Burger, a square patty Wagyu-beef burger with our own housemade Japanese Mayo.

Providing fresh, local and organic (when possible) dishes, Kitsune's aim is to build relationships with local farms and fisheries. Our poultry and beef will be pasture-raised, chemical & anti-biotic free, 100% fed and finished on grass and forage. We will ensure to the best of our abilities that all animals are raised using sustainable methods. We will only seek out farms and purveyors that never subject animals to the physical and mental stress of a commercial feedlot.

Japanese Craft Cocktails

Bar consultant Shin Ikeda, owner and founder of B-Flat in Tribeca (Angel's Share - Manager, bartender), will be cultivating original cocktail profiles and menu while maintaining and mentoring a bar training program. Introducing the unique precision, sophistication and elegance of Japanese bartending to the neighborhood. Our housemade cocktail ingredients, including infusions, tinctures, syrups and bitters with attention to ingredients native to Japan.

The Space - The eighteen-foot bar counter stretches across the entire length of the restaurant front allowing for counter seating with a designated area for take-away orders during the afternoon hours. In the rear lies a secluded and intimate dining room setting with an open bar to the kitchen. Against the canvas of exposed brick, a large faded Japanese wall mural depicts the mythical folktale of the Fox’s wedding, a wedding procession of foxes (attributed to natural weather phenomena). We will be collaborating with professionals in their respective fields in custom designing, fabricating and finishing all build out elements.

 

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STRETCH GOALS -

$90,000 + Raising 90k can get us up and running with general essentials to open initially as a cafe with limited menu and bar. This, in addition to outside funding, will give us the momentum to move towards realizing Kitsune's full potential.

With $180,000 or more - A stretch goal for an additional 90k would help kick off Kitsune as a fully equipped and functioning restaurant. Any additional support would help improve quality in materials and build out, operational costs, labor and break-even cash flow.

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REWARDS

KITSUNE Coffee & Tea Signature Selection - With 95 RPM Coffee Roasters spearheading our coffee program, Founder Hiro Kobayashi will develop our first Signature Selection of Coffee and teas.

KITSUNE T-SHIRT • Screen-printed with our Kitsune Logo and available in charcoal in sizes S, M, L, and XL. 100% cotton t-shirts, Double-needle stitched for durability.

KITSUNE TOTE BAG • Made of 14-oz unbleached cotton, this bag is perfect for everyday use as a purse or to carry around books or other necessary items. • The large main compartment features zippered closure, keeping the contents of the bag secure inside. • Front slash pocket creates quick and easy access to small items such as a map, passport, cash, mobile phone or keys. • Bag has 26-1/2" straps, making it easy to carry by hand or on the shoulder. • Features contrast colored bottom panel and zipper tape. • Size: 15" x 21" x 7".

KITSUNE LAUNCH PARTY Join us for a night of celebration and festivities with an invitation to the opening launch party. A fun filled night of food, give-aways and gift bags.

WORKSHOPS / 料理クラス Get to learn first hand with craftsmen in their respective fields whether it be about how to make Omusubi & Bentos to learning about Japanese Mixology and methods. We foresee Kitsune to be a hub for community empowerment and our workshops offer an opportunity to share what we love with you.

DINNERS - From parties of 2, 4, 6 or 12, Host your own dinner party with a six-course tasting menu especially prepared for you and a guest. Reservations required, gratuity not included.

RESTAURANT BUY OUT - Host your own night exclusive to you and up to sixty (60) guests (Sunday – Thursday). Tax and gratuity not included.

Risks and challenges

Opening and maintaining a restaurant brings with it great risks and challenges, many of which are unforeseeable and unexpected. The best method of limiting risk comes from experience and knowledge and our team of seasoned professionals are here to ensure this. But it is with your support and the support of the community that gives us this opportunity to make Kitsune a reality.

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    Omusubi Lunch Set for Two

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    Kitsune Premium Coffee Beans

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    Kyūbi no Kitsune T-Shirt

    Features the mythical fox that grows up to nine tails as he reaches a thousand years of age and wisdom.

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    The Kitsune Tote Bag

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    Lunch for two

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    The Gift Set

    Tote bag + T-Shirt + Kitsune Koffee

    Tote bags made of durable unbleached cotton (See description)

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    Invitation to our Launch Party.

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    Omusubi & Bento Neighborhood Workshop

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    Japanese Bartending Workshop

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Funding period

- (30 days)