Kinfolk Becomes 3rd Cousin: From Pop-Up to Brick & Mortar
I have a vision for a great neighborhood restaurant in Bernal Heights. I need your help and I want you to be part of its story.
My goal is to provide a Michelin quality, fine-dining experience in a relaxed and welcoming family atmosphere. As a chef, my greatest joy is interacting with my customers throughout the meal service, sharing their experiences of the culinary partnership we have created.
I started Kinfolk out of desire to share my passion for creative organic food, and I continue to refine my unique take on New American/Californian cuisine. The concept has really taken off, and people really came out and supported me -- and they continue to support me by dining with me and keeping the dream alive.
After 6 months of cooking from the heart -- bringing folks together and creating community one plate at a time -- I've been fortunate enough to find a permanent home for my pop-up Kinfolk, at 919 Cortland Avenue, just a few doors away from where I am currently cooking 903 Cortland. With the move and the new space we decided to give it a new name: 3rd Cousin.
When you come to 3rd Cousin, you’ll be coming into my home...
I am working hard to help define what New American, Californian Cuisine means in San Francisco right now. I do that by taking whats local and organic and channel it onto the plates using my creativity but still keeping it very approachable. The food is Michelin star quality, and it starts with me hand-picking produce at the farmers markets, I want you to taste the difference that this makes as it really makes a difference. The atmosphere is relaxed, cozy and intimate. The service will be polished and friendly, welcoming and warm.
3rd Cousin will showcase all things local not just the ingredients on the plates. Locally made wines, and the work of artists of all types -- photographers, painters, sculptors, iron workers and woodworkers all sharing a part of their own stories and helping to create a new chapter in Bernal Heights dining.
Why do I need your help?
I started Kinfolk with very little money, and moving to the permanent space at 919 Cortland is something that I can't do alone. I need new cooking equipment for the bigger kitchen so I can continue to serve up local organic cuisine to foodies from all over the bay area and beyond, especially my neighbors from down the street. It will take more money than what I have to build the bigger space, so I that I'm able to have more room to teach more kids how to cook and eat using farm fresh organic ingredients prepared in a simple yet flavorful way.
I believe there is no success without the efforts of many. In helping me create this dream, I promise to give back to the community not only by using local and sustainable ingredients, but also by donating my time, kitchen and resources for the betterment of our community.
- 75,000 Funding Stretch Goal - Each contributor, with a pledge of $100 or more will receive two vouchers for our Weekend Brunch. This does not include beer, wine, tax or gratuity.
- 100,000 Funding Stretch Goal - Each contributor, with a pledge of $100 or more will receive two vouchers for our Weekend Brunch and two vouchers for a Dinner Entree. This does not include beer, wine, tax or gratuity.
3rd Cousin is blessed and honored in having Neighbor and Accomplished Artist, Toby Klayman for providing one of her famous works to be the logo of 3rd Cousin.
Risks and challenges
3rd Cousin is being built from the ground up in an existing building. There is a lot to be remodeled, reconfigured and rebuilt, but the bones of the building are solid. We have a great team of local architects, contractors and builders who are getting us through the processes on time and within budget.
The success of Kinfolk caught the attention of the owners of 919 Cortland Avenue, which was an old pizza shop, and they approached the chef and asked him if he would like to take it over and build a new permanent location for the transformation of Kinfolk to 3rd Cousin.
Opening any business in San Francisco can be expensive and challenging. Luckily, Chef Greg Lutes has had extensive restaurant management experience and knows how to maximize value without sacrificing on quality.
Initial operating capital while 3rd Cousin ramps up over the first 6 months is highest on our list. If 3rd Cousin doesn't exceed our minimum funding goal, this will postpone our ability to provide educational instruction for children, young adults and at-risk youth. 3rd Cousin takes great pride in the community partnerships and projects that we have been involved with and we would prefer to stay on track for bettering our community.
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