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Exodus found a space in Roslindale, but we need your help to build it into a restaurant. Help us make a home that feeds us all!
Exodus found a space in Roslindale, but we need your help to build it into a restaurant. Help us make a home that feeds us all!
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Exodus began as a cottage business, giving away bagels to hungry volunteers in exchange for their input and their desire to share their experience with others. We quickly grew and began batching out of CommonWealth Kitchen (CWK) in Dorchester to increase output to keep up with the demand. Nearly two years later, we are still doing just that.

While food is paramount to our success, we look much deeper than that when it comes to why we do what we do. So why bagels?

We always say that bagels are not exclusive. What we mean by that is that they are for everyone. They don't discriminate based on one's salary or station in life. This kind of food is essential for what we really want to do which is to create a space where people from all walks of life visit and feed and begin to make connections with one another. The Deli has always been this place in dining history.

We are not named after the old testament. It is concerning the displacement of people that Exodus takes its name. We are acutely aware of the precariousness of what a home is in Boston...and how it is only a matter of time before people are displaced and pushed into new places. We are trying to create a model of a business that does not push people away, but attracts them to return from their own inevitable wandering. We want to be a home away from home. So far, in a small manner, we have achieved that.

The home we are trying to build sits off of Belgrade Avenue at the edge of Roslindale, just abutting West Roxbury. Our new home is currently zoned as an Industrial Food Production Facility...a Catering kitchen. A really big catering kitchen.

With the funds from this campaign, we will outfit what once was a front office space for the previous tenant into a full service dining room with 60 seats, including a counter for the true diner fiends. Our hope is to take residence in August utilizing the kitchen per its current intended use...as a Caterer. This would give us the immediate benefit of producing our bagels on site. Until the licensing changes, we would continue to sell at Markets & Pop-Ups while taking on Corporate catering accounts to pay the rent and keep us afloat.

Our plan is to add aspects of our concept incrementally so as to grow steadily and successfully. Our initial aim is to be able to sell our food on site. A hopeful timeframe for that is December. We will open the doors and sell just as we do at markets and popups. This phase will have walk-up service with a dining room for guests to utilize as self-serve seating.

By February, we will introduce table service in the form of weekend Brunches. Soon after, this will include weekdays and eventually extend into Dinner service. 

Over the last year and a half we have created another solution to the depressed bagel enthusiasts of Boston and established a "place to be" on Saturday mornings by reinvigorating the Egleston Farmers' Market in Jamaica Plain. NOW we found a home and we need your help to realize the potential of our Exodus team. Help us build a home that feeds us all and provides a safe space for community to engage.

 

Risks and challenges

Setbacks WILL arise and when they do what will get us on the right side of that setback is the substantial dedication many already have to this project. Many of our team are seasoned restaurant people. We do not take this "monumental" goal without insight and knowledge of the precariousness of the restaurant industry.

That said, our biggest hurdle will be the achievement of the very necessary Restaurant zoning variance. We have been informed that three months is the average fulfillment time period from the city. We have a very experienced Real Estate attorney who knows how to navigate the permit system. We have also been offered assistance from other commercial real estate attorneys who specialize in zoning and permitting. 

Our mitigation of this risk is to get our customers/friends/families/partners involved by calling/emailing/writing to the City of Boston in favor of Exodus Bagels. If the permitting should take longer, we will work hard to increase our Catering accounts and Market presence until we can sell our food in house.

Our goal is to open by year's end, however construction projects are often subject to delays. Anyone who backs this project will be the first to hear updates on our renovation, including pictures and news.

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    Contribute to the cause and be a part of our community of helpers. Get updates on our project and receive tons of feel good points for helping a small business get bigger.

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    Shmear Campaign

    Pledge $15 and we will feed you one of our plump and blistered bagels with any spread in our arsenal...Plain, Sriracha, Horseradish/Chive, Bacon/Everything, or whatever is on the menu. And we will be super grateful to have you join the movement!

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    Spread The Word

    Help spread the word (in the form of twenty-five dollars) and receive an Exodus Bagels spreader. Boom! Cheesy!

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    Talk With Your Mouth Full

    You will receive any Exodus Bagel Sandwich, an Exodus Bagel Spreader and be added to our list of contributors on our website. Note: We will ship everything but the bagel sandwich.

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    Exodus House of Pizza (Bagels)

    We project that our new kitchen at 2 McCraw will be running by the end of this campaign. To be safe, we are scheduling a Pizza-Bagel Party for Sunday night, September 18th. Be the first public to come eat our food inside our new home. Menu will be posted at end of the campaign. This is a per person pledge. Kids eat free!

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    Bag o' Bagels

    One Dozen Bagels in a hand screened Exodus Canvas Tote, an Exodus Bagels Spreader and you will be added to our list of contributors on our website. Note: We will ship everything but the bagels.

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    The Century Club

    Limited production hand screened Exodus Bagels T-Shirt, 1/2 Dozen Bagels, an Exodus Bagels Spreader and you will be added to our list of contributors on our website. Note: We will ship everything but the bagels.

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    Nub Nation

    Get a Nub Nation T-Shirt for your little one. Comes with free nubs (tiny bagels) whenever they come in for a whole year, riddled with tons of feel good points, unless you break open your child's piggy bank to do it.

    Note: Recipient must be 8 or under to be eligible.
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    Party Time

    Invitation for two to our opening Bagel Brunch Party, 2 limited production hand screened Exodus Bagels T-Shirts, an Exodus Bagels Spreader and you will be added to our list of contributors on our website.

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    The Larry David

    Get them wheels turning and collaborate with the Exodus team on a specialty sandwich. And yeah...you'd get to eat it for free while it's on the menu. AND we'll send you a limited production hand screened Exodus Bagels T-Shirt and a Spreader.

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    Bagels 101

    Bagel Class! Get a behind the scenes look at bagel making. Be a part of Batch #? Bring home plenty of food...AND earn your Exodus Patch.

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    Share The Wealth

    An Exodus Bagel Catered Platter (including Cured Fish, Påtés, Cream Cheeses and plenty of toppings) for your office or family (Limit 15 people), Invitation for two to our opening Bagel Brunch party, 2 limited production hand screened Exodus Bagels T-Shirts and you will be added to our list of contributors on our website.

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    Sponsor this renovation and we will adorn a Counter Seat with whatever name you wish on an engraved placard.

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    Party Animal

    An Exodus Bagel catered platter including Cured Fish, Påtés, Smoked Meats, Cream Cheeses and plenty of toppings for your office or family (Limit 35 people), Invitation for 4 to our opening Bagel Brunch party, 4 limited production hand screened Exodus Bagels T-Shirts and you will be added to our list of contributors on our website.

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    Bring the Show on the Road

    Ever seen our service at the Egleston Farmers' Market? We detach our trailer from the GlutenVagen and it unfolds into a full sandwich service station. We call the trailer, MaryAnn. Ever read the children's book about MaryAnn the Steam Shovel? That's the reference.

    We'll show up with the crew and our full arsenal of Sandwiches and Spreads and feed up to 250 people! Trust...it will be unforgettable. Come on now, big spenders...save the day and have your own party with Exodus! NOTE: Must be within 2 Hours of Boston. Fine. Maybe 3 hours.

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