Ely, Minnesota, is a city of abundances.
Ely has an abundance of wonderful people!
Ely is a place of abundant natural beauty.
Ely has an abundance of visitors from all over the world.
Ely has an abundance of restaurants.
Within the city limits of Ely, there are over a dozen places that people can grab a bite to eat. If you stretch that out to a 25 mile radius around Ely, the number of dining options almost doubles! While that may seem like a lot of options for an area this size, there is an underlying problem with the dining options in our area. For the most part, the food is all the same.
The dining scene is also full of abundances. An abundance of burgers, steaks, walleye, pasta, salads, and sandwiches. And while there is nothing wrong with that, the people of Ely, and those that visit, are craving something different!
There hasn't been a lot of change in the food scene in Ely. Yes, new restaurants have opened, and old standbys have closed, but through it all the food has remained the same. Recently, some of the restaurants in Ely have begun to follow current trends in the dining industry offering locally sourced ingredients, organic, and gluten free options, and while that is a great start, there is still a huge lack of variety! Next to Chinese food, Mexican is at the top of the list for people choosing to go out to eat in America!
Enter 2 Gringos Tex-Mex Grill!
2 Gringos Grill will bring bold flavor and culinary excitement to the north woods! Fresh salsas, slow braised meats, thirst quenching tropical beverages, and a fun atmosphere combine with so much more to reinvigorate the dining scene in Ely! Located in the heart of downtown, in the former Pizza Hut building, 2 Gringos Grill will deliver the exciting southwestern flavors that are trending in the restaurant industry today!
We will offer fast, fresh, Tex-Mex dishes, a wide variety of Tequilas, and a limited selection of beer, sangria, and other fine spirits, in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.
The versatility of Tex-Mex cuisine will allow for many gluten free and vegan options on the menu. Using locally sourced ingredients when possible and only the freshest produce available, 2 Gringos Grill will be on the cutting edge of trends in the food-service industry.
Customization is the key to a great dining experience at 2 Gringos Grill. From mild to wild, with only a limited amount of staple dishes, diners will be able to choose what kind of entree they would like and then customize to their hearts content. With dozens of different ingredients, the possibilities are endless! It is our mission to provide a delicious product and great dining experience to each and every customer that walks through the door.
That brings us full circle to YOU! The customer, the community! Our Facebook page launched on Tuesday the 8th of March and in less than two weeks we accumulated over a thousand likes, and over twenty thousand people have seen our page! The power of social media is amazing, and the support from the public has been overwhelming!
Now we are asking for your help! Rather than take on high interest loans from banks that don't like to invest in the restaurant industry, we are asking the community to back us here on Kickstarter for the remainder of the funds we need to open the doors. We still have some equipment and remodeling expenses to cover as well as our initial orders for stock to get us going.
There are lots of great rewards available for backers at all different levels! If everyone who liked our Facebook page backed us for a bumper sticker, we would be over our goal in no time! There have been a few successful Kickstarters already in Ely, and that just gives us faith that the community will rally around a great idea and help bring it to reality!
Risks and challenges
We are well on our way to opening the doors in the beginning of May! The final obstacles that we have to overcome before we can open are the final approvals from the Minnesota Department of Health and finding the rest of our staff.
The process of getting approval from the health department is a long and complicated one. Plan approvals, inspections, and paperwork all have to be in order. Fortunately the 2 Gringos Grill management team has been working with the health department for years and are familiar with the staff and processes.
As for finding staff, key positions have already begun to be filled, and just on word of mouth, people have been inquiring about employment on an almost daily basis.
There have been issues with the building and heating system in the past, but those issues have been solved and a new heating system is being installed right now!
There are always risks when starting a new business but the experience of the owners of 2 Gringos Grill, enthusiasm of the community, and desire for something new and exciting are driving this project quickly to the finish line! Please take the time to share this project to everyone you can think of that might be interested in 2 Gringos Grill!.Thanks for your help!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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