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Bartleby's is a Boston-based food truck serving classic American fare with a vegan twist. Good for you, the animals, and the planet.
184 backers pledged $10,962 to help bring this project to life.

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To Hell With Meat!

Bartleby’s Seitan Stand is a sixteen-foot food truck, getting ready to feed its hungry customers (which we lovingly refer to as “devils”) the tastiest twists on classic American fare. Think craveable fried sandwiches on toasted buns, crispy nuggets, and scrumptious dipping sauces—all crafted for a vegan diet.

We serve delicious, convenient, and affordable food that is completely free of animal products and packaged in 100% biodegradable containers.

As we enter the competitive mobile food scene, we need your support to make our unique business thrive. Your donation goes toward:

  • finishing the renovations to our shiny truck: we're adding a fry station, moving a fridge, installing a stainless steel prep counter, and tidying up our electrical supply while we're at it
  • creating large-scale branding elements: Bartleby's handsome face has been wrapped around the exterior of truck, and we're making official logo apparel for our staff
  • off-setting operational costs: we're stocking up on kitchen supplies, earth-friendly packaging products, and paying monthly rent at the amazing Food Revolution commissary

And most importantly, your contribution helps grow the good we're doing for our customers, for the animals, and for the environment. Be a part of Bartleby's!

What else?

Our mission is is to empower people to do good for themselves, the animals, and the planet—one meal at a time. Read how we do that on our Mission page.

What're we eating already?

We tested dozens of recipes before being satisfied with our signature seitan. We're getting ready to feed you sandwiches, nuggets, salads, and more. See our full Menu

Why seitan?

Because it's awesome! And for many other nutritionally, environmentally, and historically intriguing reasons that we've outlined on our Why Seitan page.

Our truck! Naked.
Our truck! Naked.
Our truck - all done up!
Our truck - all done up!
The devil himself: Bartleby.
The devil himself: Bartleby.
An interior shot at the beautiful and pristine commissary, where we do all our prep work.
An interior shot at the beautiful and pristine commissary, where we do all our prep work.
Nuggets, nuggets, nuggets. And sauce!
Nuggets, nuggets, nuggets. And sauce!

Risks and challenges

The dining industry is inherently risky. Restaurants are notorious for going out of business quickly, and that's often due to due a lack of funds when something big goes wrong.

There are circumstances that would prevent us from serving food (and thus earning revenues), and many of them are beyond our control: flat tires, a failed generator, major snow storms... you get the idea. We want to raise enough capital to keep us floating through stormy seas, and become a stable, sustainable business serving you good food for years to come. We can’t predict what will happen, we can only prepare for the worst―and we feel prepared!

Launching and operating a food truck requires administrative and logistical juggling. The truck needs regular maintenance, quarterly mechanic inspections, and oil changes. The kitchen is inspected at several points throughout the year, and we perform regular maintenance and deep cleaning for the fridges, fryers, and overall space.

A food truck is mobile, but we can't park and serve anywhere without a permit. It takes patience and pre-planning to secure our permits and licenses. And in order to expand to new locations, and appear at events and festivals, we have to continue to build our brand and good will. Patience, organization, and long-term thinking are crucial for our success.

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    Bartleby's Basic Booster

    You feel good, we feel good. And your name is listed on the Supporters page of our website.

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    Bartleby on Your Bumper

    We're making sleek and sexy bumper stickers with our official logo, and you get a couple.

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    • Official Logo Sticker Set
    • Your Name + Location on our Supporters Page
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    Bartleby On Your Brain

    Our official logo is embroidered on an adjustable trucker-style cap. Keep the sun and sweat out of your eyes, and let the world know what a devil you are.

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    • Official Logo Baseball Cap
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    Your Heart Beats Beneath Bartleby's Face

    Our official logo is emblazoned a 100% cotton t-shirt. Fashion and fun in unisex sizes S, M, L, XL.

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    • Official Logo T-Shirt
    • Official Logo Baseball Cap
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    Your Face is Full of Fries

    You get a month of french fries on us! Visit our truck for one side serving of fries per day for 30 days. Backer must be within Boston area to redeem.

    Includes:
    • One Month of French Fries
    • Official Logo T-Shirt
    • Official Logo Baseball Cap
    • Official Logo Sticker Set
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    Your Own Special at the Seitan Stand

    You help co-create and name a special item for our menu. That item will be available to all customers for one month.

    Includes:
    • Special Menu Item
    • One Month of French Fries
    • Official Logo T-Shirt
    • Official Logo Baseball Cap
    • Official Logo Sticker Set
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    Bartleby Rocks Your Party

    Private catering from Bartleby's for the event of your choosing. We'll feed up to 150 people anywhere within a one-hour driving radius of Boston. Reward must be redeemed within one year, and on a date agreed upon by both parties.

    Includes:
    • Private Event Catering
    • Special Menu Item
    • One Month of French Fries
    • Official Logo T-Shirt
    • Official Logo Baseball Cap
    • Official Logo Sticker Set
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Funding period

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