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The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, August 2 2019 7:57 PM UTC +00:00
$1,526
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
4
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, August 2 2019 7:57 PM UTC +00:00

About

Sarasota Dream is for Fine Portuguese Cuisine: A First for Sarasota!

Portuguese Love Story:   Tito & Liana Vitorino were born and raised in Portugal and migrated to Sarasota, Florida to pursue a dream of owning a restaurant like no other. They have found and own the perfect spot in Sarasota in the historical district (Burns Court) that is a highly visible location. The 5,000 SF historical building is warm & charming, with wrought-iron gates, and an “old warm” ambience throughout, semi-open-air dining area with three distinctive seperate rooms within the restaurant for more intimate settings or private parties. 

The couple have vast experience in the restaurant business and they now want to transform their current restaurant by introducing a new flavor to the beautiful City of Sarasota with some of the most fine and popular Portuguese dishes. They see an opportunity that is timely by introducing to the public the first Portuguese/Italian restaurant in Sarasota - a mecca for all things food, music and culture. 

The restaurant will feature a blend of Portuguese and Italian dishes popular from their country such as Cataplana (link to Cataplanas), Caldeiradas (link to caldeiradas), and more mouth-watering dishes not found anywhere on the Gulf Coast. 

The purchase of costly restaurant equipment is needed, including the installation of an industrial brick oven to be used for all types of pizzas and to roast some popular Portuguese meats; authentic cookware used for Portuguese dishes; funding for interior design reflecting the Portuguese theme, and marketing the restaurant to attract the public also requires significant funding. This restaurant will be a big WIN for all given the depth of knowledge, experience, passion and hard work that will go into this new business venture. We thank you for your help in achieving "our" dream.

Risks and challenges

Everything is in place to move forward with our project, but we need more capital to achieve our goals including the purchase of a new $50,000 pizza oven; expanding the existing kitchen this summer when it's not in high season; purchasing the special stone and copper pans used for traditional Portuguese cooking/dishes, and all installation and licensing fees associated with the above. Most important, we need funding for marketing to spread the good news about our new, unique restaurant. Desde ja, agradeco do fundo do coracao o vosso suporte. Muito obrigada (Translated: Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support)

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    “An Evening in Portugal” Private dining

    Join us with one guest for an intimate celebration in our private “Madonna Room” when we reach our funding goal. We will give you a sampling of appetizers from Portugal and Italy, You will get a chance to enjoy some Portuguese & Italian hors d'oeuvres, music and more!

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    Dining for Two Five Times

    Five visits for dinner for two people.
    You will have one full week to enjoy a menu for two at our restaurant during the next year after reaching our funding goal. It is not necessary that it is you and your partner who comes. You can also offer the invitation to a couple of your friends, or a family member, or any commitment you have while there are only two people.

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    Dinner for Two - 10 Visits

    Ten visits to the restaurant for dinner for two people.
    You will have 10 visits to enjoy for two at our restaurant during the next full year after the date that we raise the funds. It is not necessary that it is you and your partner who comes. You can also offer the invitation to a couple of your friends, or a family member, or any commitment you have while there are only two people.

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    The Gold Level

    30 visits to the restaurant to enjoy dinner for two people
    You will have 30 visits to enjoy a full dinner for two at our new restaurant during the next two years that includes beverages. It is not necessary that it is you and your partner who comes. You can also offer the invitation to a couple of your friends, or a family member, or any commitment you have while there are only two people.
    In addition, you will have the opportunity to select a dish off the menu or help create a new Portuguese or Italian dish that will be named after you and added to the list of "specials" offered throughout the year.

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Funding period

- (60 days)