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Join the famiglia. Help us expand our bar and brand as we strengthen our restaurant's role in the revitalization of Pioneer Square.
Join the famiglia. Help us expand our bar and brand as we strengthen our restaurant's role in the revitalization of Pioneer Square.
264 backers pledged $18,700 to help bring this project to life.

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When we began our hunt for the next perfect spot to open up our family restaurant, there was no doubt that we wanted to be a part of the important revitalization of historical Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle, bringing our own family traditions to this vibrant neighborhood. 

However, Tinello has been open for seven months now, and we are at a crossroads. 

From the beginning, there have been a few unfortunate set backs. First, a partnership that went south. Now, a threat from a similarly named restaurant in NYC to cease and desist using the name Tinello or face litigation. All this has set us back financially so we are struggling to finish the build out and begin to rebrand with the new name and an even stronger vision in 2014.

We love Pioneer Square and we are very excited about all the changes taking place. People do live here and their numbers are about to grow substantially with all the new construction. It will take some time but the potential is there, and that's why we are here. Pioneers ourselves, we are planting our roots early to be ready for the harvest the future promises. Meanwhile, we have to survive. We are hoping this drive on Kickstarter will help us get to the next level. 

The money is needed to help with the re-branding and to finish the build out. We will need new signs, a new website and a major marketing offensive. We have built a wonderful bar using reclaimed old fir. Now we need to plumb the bar for sinks and an ice-bin so that we can qualify for a liquor license. Finally, we need to build and plumb a coffee/service station in an unfinished corner of the restaurant. 

All of these changes will help the bottom line and get us through the winter. By spring Stadium Place will bring us another 1800 residents, the new street car line will be rolling up to Capitol Hill, and, in the near future if Bertha ever decides to get back to work, the viaduct will be gone and in its place a new waterfront promenade. The future looks bright, my friends! 

We would love to see Tinello become the neighborhood hangout - the locals' second home where they can meet old friends and make new ones. My customers have always been my extended family. Help me keep the family together and thriving. Let's bring Pioneer Square back to its original glory by supporting local businesses. Help give this old Italian the opportunity to keep the tradition alive.

Ciao, Rudy

Risks and challenges

We have started the permitting process and do not anticipate any delays. That said, you never know what the city will throw at you but whatever it takes we will comply and fully intent to have the cocktails flowing by the end of February.
We are counting on the continued growth and support of the Pioneer Square neighborhood to sustain our restaurant, something we have already seen the beginnings of in the past seven months.

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    A huge whole hearted thank you and facebook shout out for your amazing generosity and support!

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    A shout out on our facebook page showing our immense gratitude, and a beverage of your choice on the house next time you visit us.

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    Come by and grab your own personal bottle of Tinello's delicious Citrus Vinaigrette!

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    You're too kind! Please enjoy three certificates good for your choice of the Citrus Vinaigrette OR Rudy's Red and Meatballs, to cash in whenever you're ready to enjoy at home. Please call ahead to make sure we have everything packaged and ready to go.

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    Name your own cocktail! Such generosity deserves recognition. With the help of our in-house team, you will create and name a seasonal drink for our bar menu, and we will add it to the lineup for all to order and enjoy. Who knows - if it's a hit we may keep it permanently!

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    Come on down to Tinello and enjoy a Four Course Meal for Four. This will include a selection of beverages, and the VIP treatment you deserve. You will also be given your choice of the Citrus Vinaigrette OR Rudy's Red with Meatballs for you to enjoy at home.

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    A gift this generous deserves some personal attention! Owner, Rudy LaValle will come to your home to offer up a dinner for eight! As host, you'll get to learn his authentic Italian tricks as you cook alongside him for the evening. (Of course, we're happy to let you sit back and watch, too!)

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    How else could we thank you for such gift than a night of celebration? The restaurant is yours any Sunday through Wednesday evening, for up to 15 people. Invite your friends and family into our restaurant for a four course dinner and drinks.

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