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Handmade food using local Washington ingredients. Supporting local artists through a rotating art gallery and open mic night. Read more

Seattle, WA Food
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This project's funding goal was not reached on September 15, 2012.

Handmade food using local Washington ingredients. Supporting local artists through a rotating art gallery and open mic night.

Seattle, WA Food
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About this project

As you walk in the door at Ezra's Counterbalance Cafe you feel that you are stepping into an artistic friend's cozy living room.  Ezra's is a place for lovers of art, artists and those who love good homemade food.  Our recipes are from our family collection that have been worked on and perfected over many years.     

Our cafe is located in Seattle's historic Queen Anne neighborhood and in keeping with the economic times our cafe is a small comfortable place that seats about 40 with friendly service and reasonable pricing. Our motto is Morning, Noon and Night-time too.

The building that we have chosen is in need of restoration to turn it into the cafe that we want you to enjoy. The building is vintage brick and is currently in need of a lot of artistic help and repair. The bones of this building are good and the location is foremost. We will be painting, re-doing the flooring surfaces and installing new lighting as well as constructing our seating areas and new kitchen.

The Counterbalance was a street car in the early part of the last century that was a part of the history here in Queen Anne. The hill is one of the steepest here in Seattle (think San Francisco). Although the Counterbalance has been gone for years, the location that we are thinking of is where the Counterbalance began. Here is a link if you would like to read a little about the Counterbalance in early Seattle history.

http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=3027

Ezra's showcases not only creative home made food but features local art as a part of our decor. We invite local artists to display their work in our rotating art gallery or perform in our open mic night to support and develop local art in all medias. Great lighting, comfortable seating, local art as decor, live music and tasty bites await you just up the street. 

http://ezrascafe.wix.com/ezrascafe

ABOUT US

Ezra's Counterbalance Cafe is owned by Ezra Thomson and managed by members of the Thomson family. We are a hard working arts oriented family with a professional ballet dancer, an interior designer, a cook and special occasion coordinator and a massage therapist as integral parts of our family. Art has been and always will be how our family makes it's living.

Ezra: I am a professional ballet dancer with the Pacific Northwest Ballet. My art is very important to me. I work hard everyday to maintain my artistic view point. I am also a choreographer. Music is also an important part of my life and it speaks to me whether I am dancing, choreographing or playing guitar. I am still perfecting my art as a dancer and I intend to further my career as I have high goals for my ballet life. I am lending my name and ideas to this cafe at the present so that I might help others show their art to the community as I am doing now. I am the driving force behind this project.

Tracy: I have always enjoyed the artistic side of food. I've enjoyed cooking for friends and having them sample my creations. Early in our married life my husband Jeff and I catered large parties and weddings to support ourselves. Working in Ezra's Counterbalance Cafe as head cook will give me the opportunity to cook for a varied crowd of people and for them to love what I have created. This is something I have always wanted to do. I admire many different food writers and cookbook writers. I have been working for many years perfecting my craft as a baker and a chef. Now it is my turn to shine for you.

Jeff: I enjoy being creative. I am comfortable being in charge of a large home project or a big event. I have a great eye to look ahead, problem solve and see the finished outcome. I have many wonderful clients that I have worked with on some amazing projects. These work experiences have helped shape my eye for design. I am ready to make Ezra's Counterbalance Cafe into the place he has in mind. Ezra envisions a friendly, warm ambience with an artsy twist and I will make sure that becomes a reality. I have worked as a server in a high end restaurant and I plan to help set the bar high as far as the level of service people enjoy in our cafe. I cannot wait to present to you Ezra's Counterbalance Cafe.

Abby: As part of this amazing artistic family I have always loved
dance and theatre, but I have moved on to perfect my skills in another artistic area: massage thearapy. I use my hands to artfully craft wellness. I also enjoy making people feel at home and so I will be helping my family create a comfortable place for you to come and enjoy food, art and music.

Our food is a gourmet delight and has been tested by all of our friends and family at every occasion life has to offer. We invite you to join us in this endeavor. Sit back, relax and enjoy food and art with us as together we create a comfortable refuge here in the beautiful Emerald City. We sincerely appreciate your contributions to this project.

This is the Thomson Family Crest with a few twists.  One of our preliminary designs for a logo on the door of our new cafe.  

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    Pledge $5 or more
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    Help us start our cafe and we will send you a big fat THANK YOU SO MUCH! Sent to your doorstep on a one of a kind postcard designed by Jeff Thomson.

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    Pledge $10 or more
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    Help us get started with just $10 and receive email updates on our cafe progress. Also a free small plate on your first time dining with us.

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    Start us off on this artistic adventure and receive a free breakfast lunch or dinner, come morning, noon, nighttime too.

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    For $50 your name can go down in history on Ezra's Counterbalance Cafe's custom hand painted concrete floor. We will feed you some of our amazing small bites when you come to look for your name on the floor.

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    Pledge $75 or more
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    Receive a special invitation to a private opening of our Cafe. Also get email updates on our Cafe progress.

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    Get your name on one of our comfortable seats in Ezra's Counterbalance Cafe. Just think of how many times you will be thought of as our patrons take a seat in "your" chair. When you come to find "your" chair dinner is on us.

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    Get a small bites dinner for four. This includes different small bites, awesome dessert, and local Washington refreshment.

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    About $500 USD

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    For $500 have your name listed on our seasonal menu card as HOST for our rotating art gallery exhibits. Small bites dinner for four with desserts and refreshments included.

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    For $750 you can be one of our art gallery sponsors. Your name will be featured on the wall in one of our lighted art bays. Small bites dinner for four with desserts and refreshments included.

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    About $1,000 USD

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    Be a part of Ezra's Counterbalance Cafe Custom Drink Couture: have a drink named after YOU. YOU'LL BE FAMOUS (at least on our drink menu!) Also small bites, dessert and refreshments for you and your guests when you come in to try your custom drink.

    Rotating Menu.

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    About $2,500 USD

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    You know you have always wanted an amazing commercial range or a double glass door reach in refrigerator. We will engrave your name on our equipment and you can visit them any time. (Cleaning not required) Small bites dinner for eight with dessert and refreshments included.

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    Pledge $3,000 or more
    About $3,000 USD

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    Have fun with us and ten of your closest friends as we teach you how to make three of our signature small plates. Afterwards we will dine sharing food and drink.

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    Pledge $5,000 or more
    About $5,000 USD

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    Take up our cafe for the evening with 20 of your closest friends. Have a wonderful time in our comfortable corners with tastes for all and drinks for each guest. To be scheduled after opening.

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    Pledge $10,000
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    Fill up the whole place with 40 of your friends and have table service included. Small bites and drinks included. There will be live music and Ezra as your host. It will be an evening to remember. To be scheduled after opening.

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Funding period

- (30 days)