We are a family owned and run restaurant, with my wife Sandra and I being the ones who risked all they had, left their home in Moldova and brought this unexplored cuisine to Newton. No, we are not doing the cooking, we prefer to leave that to the professionals, but we run everything else instead. We put our hearts and souls in this restaurant, and as if it wasn't stressful enough getting into one of the most stressful industries, we actually want to more than triple the size of our business. The funny thing is, though, having a bigger restaurant would actually be less stressful than running a small one.
The idea behind this project is simple. We want to expand our borders, literally. Our beloved neighbor is moving, and though we are sad to see a great neighbor leave, a great opportunity opens up. By expanding, our 20 seat restaurant with a limited menu will become an 80 seat restaurant, with a full bar, live music, private function room, diverse menu with both authentic Eastern European dishes and other intriguing masterpieces from our Chef. Most importantly, our kitchen itself will get bigger, which will allow our already big team to work more efficiently and take larger orders.
Go to the bank you say? We're two immigrants with a newly established business, maxed out credit cards, in an industry that is known for being a high-risk investment. So imagine what the banks have to say about that... We already have a proof of concept; all we need to do now is raise enough capital to be able to afford this expansion. Funds will be used to cover equipment upgrades and construction costs. This project will be overseen by the owner in close partnership with one of the leading restaurant consultants in the Boston area to ensure a successful outcome.
Risks and challenges
Unexpected delays are inevitable. Trust us when we say it because when we opened the restaurant in 2016, we actually started work in 2015, and were scheduled to open in September of the same year. Things happen, city inspectors require last minute changes, equipment manufacturers take 4 months to deliver equipment and so on.
Our main concern is the amount of work the new space itself will need in order to get it up to code for all plumbing, electrical and building requirements. After being in business for over 1.5 years, we already have a very good understanding of what needs to be done once plans are approved by the city. Purchasing equipment, chairs, tables, dinnerware and all other miscellaneous is a matter of re-ordering the items we already use. Our biggest concern is tearing down the walls in the new space and bringing it back to life. Once that is done, it's all a matter of putting the pieces together.
Getting a sketch would take 1-2 weeks. Getting approvals from the City would take another 2-3 weeks. Getting the space ready for opening another 4-8 weeks. The existing restaurant would not close during this process. Obviously we will need to shut it down in order to make the required changes in the kitchen, but that would happen with very strict deadlines and during a time when the restaurant is least busy. It would pretty much be like how you see it on HGTV, when they have to flip a whole house in a matter of days working round the clock.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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