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A direct appeal to fund an inventive and inclusionary restaurant within a very deserving and special community. #SuperiorMotors

"For the first time in my career,  I have the opportunity to breathe life into a restaurant that is not chasing trends, but a restaurant that has no choice other than to represent a Place and Time by producing food representative of its past, present, and future."  -  Kevin Sousa

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The Case for Superior Motors

Superior Motors will serve fresh, local and thoughtfully crafted food in a true urban food desert. In fact, Braddock does not have a restaurant functioning within its borders; fast food or otherwise.

Superior Motors will be accessible and participatory.  Fresh, local and honestly prepared food cannot be exclusionary.  We will offer a  substantial resident discount. Our core principle:  the ability of a resident to partake in Superior Motors will never be a factor of household income.

Superior Motors will truly embrace "farm to table" and "local", with abundant access to fresh, organic produce from a two-acre urban farm one block away, a 1000 sq. ft. rooftop greenhouse as well as 4000 sq. ft. of additional roof space to accommodate a raised bed garden.

Superior Motors will provide professional culinary training and opportunities at no cost to local residents. In fact, a big part of Superior Motors mission is paying this forward for the young people in the community.

Superior Motors is part of an established, community-based ‘ecosystem’ that combines food, farming, art, history, industry, training and lodging. 

Superior Motors Ecosystem Asset Map
Superior Motors Ecosystem Asset Map

Superior Motors will never, ever pay a dime in rent for the space and we got it in writing: We just signed a long-term, no-cost lease.  

Superior Motors is next to a giant steel mill

Superior Motors is next to an award winning small-scale apiary that provides honey as well as beekeeping training to Braddock's youth. Additionally, all of our eggs will come from local, Braddock hens. 

Superior Motors is next to an alternative art gallery and performance venue housed in a formerly abandoned school which hosts new artists, studios, shows and openings every month.

Superior Motors is next to a hostel in a formerly abandoned convent that will provide no-cost housing for culinary and service interns and externs from all over the country.

Superior Motors is located in one of the first indoor car dealerships (built in 1921) in the country - Superior Motors - from which it derives its name.  The restaurant itself has a footprint of approximately 3,000 square feet.  It is appropriately zoned, with three-phase electrical power, and all other utilities.

Superior Motors will never exist without your support. We know from the many events that Kevin and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman have hosted in the community that Chef Sousa's patrons will follow him to Braddock. Historically, we also know that the banks will not.

We are grateful for this opportunity to share our project with you, thank you for your time and consideration.

Chef Kevin Sousa Press/Accolades

James Beard Semi-Finalist

venison, squash, granola, cocoa
venison, squash, granola, cocoa

Conceptual rendering of Superior Motors interior
Conceptual rendering of Superior Motors interior
Chef Sousa, Braddock Youth Project training class at the community bread oven
Chef Sousa, Braddock Youth Project training class at the community bread oven

tomatoes, parmesan, dashi, herbs
tomatoes, parmesan, dashi, herbs

Farmer Marshall Hart working at Braddock Farms
Farmer Marshall Hart working at Braddock Farms

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Why such an ambitious restaurant in such a challenged community?

Without a doubt, the largest challenge that we face is opening a for-profit restaurant within a community that is well outside the traditional market-driven dynamics.

This is also why crowdsourcing through Kickstarter is realistically the only chance we have to bring this project to life.

In other words:

IT'S ALL UP TO YOU

Therefore, if we are going to ask you to part with your hard-earned cash, it is incumbent upon us to be good stewards of these funds and minimize your risk as a supporter.

Moreover, there are many significant assets and unique circumstances that make Superior Motors feasible and sustainable:

- Superior Motors will be one part of a much larger, established 'ecosystem' of significant cultural and community elements including an award-winning apiary and an alternative art gallery and performance venue

- Enjoys strong and broad community support

- Rent-free space for Superior Motors restaurant

- Free room and board for culinary/service interns and volunteers

- Dramatic backdrop of the Edgar Thomson Steel Works

- James Beard Nominated Chef Sousa's years of experience which include opening four successful concepts

- An established network of talented, passionate restaurant professionals who are extremely excited to be a part of this project

- Free ample parking for patrons

- Shared utilities

- Significantly reduced insurance rates

- Cost-free greenhouse and 4000 sq. ft. rooftop raised bed garden

- Low-cost access to produce in peak season from Braddock Farms as well as the invaluable asset of having a highly efficient, functioning organic farm as part of our job training program.

100% of funds raised will go directly into creating this restaurant. No one is being paid a commission or a salary.

Through Kickstarter, YOU DECIDE, not the banks, and that is exactly how we want it.

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    One complimentary first course of your choice at Superior Motors + Exclusive access to an online gallery of renowned photographer Matthew Hodgman's high resolution, Braddock landscape photographs which will be available to do with as you wish + Our gratitude displayed on the Superior Motors website + A huge thank you on our Facebook page + A personalized tweet commemorating your pledge

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    Two complimentary first courses of your choice at Superior Motors + Exclusive access to an online gallery of Mathew Hodgman high resolution Braddock photographs which will be available to do with as you wish + Our gratitude displayed on the Superior Motors website + A huge thank you on our Facebook page + A personalized tweet commemorating your pledge

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    (Long-Distance Supporter) Limited edition Braddock T-shirt "Build it Back up" on the front "Rebuilding 15104" on the back, designed by Braddock Youth Project + Exclusive access to an online gallery of Mathew Hodgman high resolution Braddock photographs which will be available to do with as you wish + Our gratitude displayed on the Superior Motors website + A huge thank you on our Facebook page + A personalized tweet commemorating your pledge

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    Invitation for two to one of our pre-opening, very exclusive V.I.P. events. These events will be announced and happen throughout the process of getting the restaurant space built out. There will be plenty of opportunities to witness and be a part of our progession. Reservations for the event of your choice can be made once we have reached our funding goal + Exclusive access to an online gallery of Matthew Hodgman high resolution Braddock photographs which will be available to do with as you wish + Our gratitude displayed on the Superior Motors website + A huge thank you on our Facebook page + A personalized tweet commemorating your pledge

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    A 14X20 Fine Art Print of any Matthew Hodgeman Braddock landscape, personalized by the photographer in the name of your recipient. Customization also includes a description and history by the photographer of the image. We will make every effort to have this delivered before February 14, 2014. Exclusive access to an online gallery of Matthew Hodgman high resolution Braddock photographs which will be available to do with as you wish + Our gratitude displayed on the Superior Motors website + A huge thank you on our Facebook page + A personalized tweet commemorating your pledge

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    You and a guest are invited to an all inclusive dinner with us at Superior Motors as a part of our soft opening. You will receive a guided tour of the entire facility including: the kitchen, farm, rooftop greenhouse and raised garden, brick oven courtyard and apiary. The tour will be followed by one of our first nights of service. You will be among the first guests to see the concept and execution from day one + Signed and numbered 11x14 fine art print of your choice from Matthew Hodgman's Braddock Gallery delivered to you + Exclusive access to an online gallery of Matthew Hodgman high resolution Braddock photographs which will be available to do with as you wish + Our gratitude displayed on the Superior Motors website + A huge thank you on our Facebook page + A personalized tweet commemorating your pledge

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    5 Course Tasting Menu for four. We will prepare an all inclusive tasting menu for you and a guest at The Superior Motors Chef's Table utilizing the finest ingredients from our farm and greenhouse harvested at peak season + Signed and numbered 11x14 fine art print of your choice from Matthew Hodgman's Braddock Gallery delivered to you + Exclusive access to an online gallery of Matthew Hodgman high resolution Braddock photographs which will be available to do with as you wish + Our gratitude displayed on the Superior Motors website + A huge thank you on our Facebook page + A personalized tweet commemorating your pledge + Your name on our dedication wall for all of those in support of this project.

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    The Farm to Kitchen to Table experience. You and a guest will spend one day working with us. This is the opportunity to get an abbreviated version of the curriculum that we use as a part of our job training at Superior Motors. The day will begin on the farm exploring and harvesting the products to be used for that day. Next, we head to the kitchen and you will get hands on practical training and recipes for the dishes to be produced using the day's harvest. Then you take off your apron and saddle up to the kitchen counter for a meal prepared by us and inspired by you and the rest of the team + Signed and numbered 11x14 fine art print of your choice from Matthew Hodgman's Braddock Gallery delivered to you + Exclusive access to an online gallery of Matthew Hodgman high resolution Braddock photographs which will be available to do with as you wish + Our gratitude displayed on the Superior Motors website + A huge thank you on our Facebook page + A personalized tweet commemorating your pledge + Your name on our dedication wall for all of those in support of this project.

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    Dinner at home with Kevin Sousa. Chef Sousa will prepare a custom designed tasting menu for you and up to three guests in the convenience of your own home (only available in greater Pittsburgh area). We take care of everything including clean up + Signed and numbered 11x14 fine art print of your choice from Matthew Hodgman's Braddock Gallery delivered to you+ Exclusive access to an online gallery of Matthew Hodgman high resolution Braddock photographs which will be available to do with as you wish + Our gratitude displayed on the Superior Motors website + A huge thank you on our Facebook page + A personalized tweet commemorating your pledge + Your name on our dedication wall for all of those in support of this project.

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    Dinner party at Mayor John Fetterman's Braddock loft. Chef Sousa and team will prepare an all inclusive 5 course tasting menu for you and seven guests in the spacious, re-purposed home of Braddock's inspiring Mayor + Signed and numbered 11x14 fine art print of your choice from Matthew Hodgman's Braddock Gallery delivered to you + Exclusive access to an online gallery of Matthew Hodgman high resolution Braddock photographs which will be available to do with as you wish + Our gratitude displayed on the Superior Motors website + A huge thank you on our Facebook page + A personalized tweet commemorating your pledge + Your name on our dedication wall for all of those in support of this project.

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    You get the Superior Motors space and all of our resources for an exclusive event of your choice. In other words, the place is yours for a day. Have an all inclusive, custom designed: corporate or holiday party, rehearsal dinner, graduation or any other dining/entertaining celebration of your designation for up to 25 guests in and around what is sure to be a one of a kind restaurant ecosystem. (reservations for these events must be made at least sixty days in advance) + Signed and numbered 11x14 fine art print of your choice from Matthew Hodgman's Braddock Gallery delivered to you + Exclusive access to an online gallery of Matthew Hodgman high resolution Braddock photographs which will be available to do with as you wish + Our gratitude displayed on the Superior Motors website + A huge thank you on our Facebook page + A personalized tweet commemorating your pledge + Your name on our dedication wall for all of those in support of this project.

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