This project's funding goal was not reached on November 25, 2013.
About this project
For 10 years we've lived our mission to make people happy through the magic of chocolate. We tirelessly interview, and hire the most creative and talented pastry chefs who share our vision. Along with a hard working, dedicated staff, we work together to create fun and memorable chocolate experiences for all who enter our shops.
We make our own desserts, homemade ice cream, and offer a unique selection of beer and wine chosen to compliment each of our desserts. In addition to our cafe, we offer a selection of hand-made confections, as well as artisanal chocolate bars from various regions of the world.
Our intimate shop in Park Slope, Brooklyn has become much more than just a place to indulge in glorious chocolate. It is a place where our community comes to celebrate birthdays, engagements, anniversaries, or to spend time with loved ones. Our guests have truly become our extended family. We do all that we can to support our schools, libraries, local non-profit organizations, and artists by donating our products to fundraisers. We believe we have a responsibility as a business to have a positive impact on our local and distant communities. We collaborate with other chocolate-making companies, host tastings to educate our guests, and raise funds for cocoa cooperatives in developing countries.
The Next Chapter
After 10 years, we must move from our original location. We signed a lease for our new space one block away! Renovations begin November 1, 2013. Our new home needs a significant amount of work to transform it from a 70-year-old glass shop to The Chocolate Room.
What will we spend this money on? The majority of our present equipment and fixtures are reusable, but some of our older equipment needs replacement. We also need design plans, permits, plumbing, flooring, electricity, and all the fixings that make The Chocolate Room unique. We are excited to have a wonderful outdoor patio space that will need to constructed as well.
This renovation will cost roughly $200,000. We hope to raise 20% (or more) through Kickstarter. For all of you who choose to help fund us, we'll have a special page with your name listed as a chocolate supporter. We thank you and sincerely appreciate your contribution! When in Brooklyn, please come see us. We'd love to meet you!
Kitchen Daily: 14 Things You Didn't Know About Adam Richman from Man VS Food, Travel Channel, July 30, 2013
Q: What is the best thing you've ever eaten?
A: "This is unquestionably the hardest question you can ask someone in my profession, but I would be hard-pressed to go against mint chocolate chip ice cream from The Chocolate Room, Brooklyn, New York."
CBS New York: NYC’s 7 Best Valentine’s Day Treats & Desserts, February 7, 2013 Sarah Shaker at CBS NY recommends our special Valentine's Day 2-course chocolate tasting.
CBS New York: NYC’s 5 Best Frozen Hot Chocolate Drinks, August 20, 2013
The New York Times: 36 Hours in New York City, January 7, 2010 Amy Virshup from the NYT recommends our homemade chocolate caramel popcorn.
The Wall Street Journal: Sweet Shops in Three Cities, December16, 2008 "In Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood, the Chocolate Room is a cozy, narrow café where locals chat over diet-dooming offerings including cups of thick hot chocolate with home-made marshmallows and slices of knockout chocolate cake..."
O, The Oprah Magazine: Sliding into Ecstasy, February 2007, February 2007 "The menage a trois of opulent, buttery filling, rich but not overpowering frosting, and perfectly moist cake turns most Chocolate Room customers into basket cases-and addicts".
New York Magazine: Critic's Pick, October 2007 "In many a child's fantasy there exists a candy world, where vegetables are banished and everything is made of chocolate. Park Slope's The Chocolate Room does an admirable job of breathing life into that fantasy..."
New York Magazine: The Sweet Lowdown Best Chocolate Desserts for Valentine's Day, February 5, 2006 "Utterly homespun and displayed, as tradition dictates, on a pedestal stand under a plastic dome, this old-fashioned favorite has a few things going for it scads of contenders don’t: a moist, tender texture and authentic chocolate flavor."
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Trip Advisor 7/30/12 "Homemade ice cream: delicious and rich and not too filling and just all around perfect! Service, atmosphere, and prices: fantabulous!"
Trip Advisor 6/10/12"The Chocolate Room, are you kidding me?! I was in complete heaven!"
Yelp 7/27/11"Going to The Chocolate Room is always a special treat. Their food makes me feel like I've died and gone to heaven. We definitely need more dessert places like this..."
Zagat 5/3/11 "Best chocolate ever! The desserts are to die for and you won't taste as good anywhere else".
Foursquare 6/12/11 "The Chocolate Pudding here is crazy amazing!"
Citysearch 7/16/06 "Their famous chocolate cake is quite close to absolute perfection. The texture is phenomenally smooth and the cake is so moist and honestly, everything a chocolate cake was meant to be....oh man, it is just divine".
Citysearch 3/25/06 "I'd move in if they'd let me".
Special thanks, and gratitude to Paul Takeuchi for the photographs and support, Tommy and Jenny Ragan for our video, Joel Hamburger for your support with this project, TCR staff for keeping our vision alive, and all of our chocolate loving friends and supporters!
Risks and challenges
Challenge #1: Delays. Building a new space is always a challenge. We've become knowledgeable about the process of construction. There can be delays in permitting, installing new electrical service, gas service, water mains, and the list unfortunately, goes on. Having survived this process twice already, our experience will help us avoid some of the inevitable pitfalls that come with this territory. We've learned from our past experience that challenges present themselves. We are fortunate to know some outstanding, experienced individuals, who we've met through past construction, to assist us in building the new store. We feel we can trust these professionals we have on board to help us complete the construction process in a timely manor. Delays will be inevitable. We'll push the process as best we can, and get open when we're ready. This is a reality we've come to expect.
Challenge #2 Financing. We estimate this project to cost roughly $200,000. We will be seeking funding through loans or personal credit cards for whatever we are not able to raise in this campaign. We wholeheartedly believe in our business, and will do what it takes to get our new Park Slope shop open.
We have proof of success once we open! We know our guests will love this new space. It offers us more room for seating, so we can accommodate more chocolate lovers nightly, more retail space to allow us to produce products we've not had the space for until now, and a beautiful outdoor patio to enjoy our Brownie Sundae with a glass of wine on a beautiful evening!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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