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A better Butter awaits! Help us move to 3700 Nicollet Avenue.
A better Butter awaits! Help us move to 3700 Nicollet Avenue.
191 backers pledged $16,822 to help bring this project to life.

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who we are

My name is Daniel Swenson-Klatt and since January of 2006, I have been the owner and manager of Butter Bakery Café at 3544 Grand. With my bakers, cooks, and baristas, we have created a local shop that is destination for biscuit sandwiches, scones, eclairs, cookies and much more. We have focused on high quality coffee drinks with the help of three local artisan roasters to provide fair trade, organic, and shade grown coffees. My brother, Tom and I have been in the kitchen these past six years keeping the brunch menu growing and developing our own collection of soups, salads, while our neighbor, Amy, has been creating butter bakery treats that are simply fantastic.

why we are moving

We have grown a lot these past six years, and have outgrown both our seating and our kitchen area. Butter Bakery Café is now preparing to move to 3700 Nicollet. The corner retail space available at 3700 Nicollet provides 2350 square feet of kitchen, seating and storage, where I will be able to provide a kitchen and bakery work space that allows both to thrive. I will be able to increase seating to allow café operations and a cozy coffee shop to co-exist. I will have a site that can support increased evening activity and an expanded menu. And I will be able to have a space that will allow catering, special events, and larger customer orders that I routinely have turned away, knowing I lack the ability to manage these in my current site. I see a better customer experience with a better designed flow of traffic, an intimate performance space and better amenities such as accessible bathrooms and off-street parking.

naturally, being sustainable

Two main design features in the new space are the use of natural materials and reclaimed items. Working with these goals in mind we have connected with Wood From The Hood to produce several key elements of the café. Although there is a higher cost initially, the overall impact is lower and value of the design and production is much higher.

our new partnership

This summer Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation (PCNF) and I began construction in the corner space with hopes of opening in this new location in October.  Connecting with Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation, a respected organization, allows me to grow another part of my vision for the café: to be a place of community building. I am excited to join PCNF as their employment partner, offering apprenticeship positions to the residents in the supportive housing program in this building we share.  My background as a teacher of at-risk students prepares me to connect our two missions into one and brings my training and teaching skills back into use with the new skills I have developed as a restaurant manager and cook.

not far away  - from grand to nicollet avenue

In addition, locating on Nicollet Avenue, as part of the growing Eat Street South movement, puts us in the path of increased traffic and visibility. Located between new commuter bike routes supporting green-conscious commuters, near easy freeway entrances and exits for car commuters, and along one of the busiest bus transit corridors in the city gives me the opportunity to reach many more new neighbors. In the years to come, we hope to develop a community garden to support the shop, the neighborhood, and the residents of the 3700 Nicollet Square building.

that will soon be us on the corner!
that will soon be us on the corner!

what your awesome contribution will help us do...

  • purchase beautiful wood table tops using reclaimed wood
  • upgrade our point of sale system
  • purchase an ice cream display and batch freezer
  • purchase chairs and stools for indoors
  • purchase outdoor patio chairs and tables


build community

We want to be your favorite neighborhood place to relax, meet friends, get some work done or get away from your work, and of course, enjoy great food and beverages.

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Please share this story and project with your friends! Start your own media campaign to get us more support!  Tell your parents! Tell your neighbors! Help us spread our love - by sharing your love for Butter Bakery Cafe.  Remember we need to meet our goal to receive ANY funding!  Give generously so we can continue our generous work of serving southwest Minneapolis!

FAQ

  • Our target dates are October 4 - 5. Construction is on schedule. We're still working on those final details though to have all our resources in place. We need this funding to pull it together! More info will arrive as the date draws near.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Get on the "hot list" and the "scoop scoop." We will send you a text when a new treat is introduced, when warm items are put in the case, and when new ice cream flavors appear. Remember, small batches go quickly! So get there first with our help.

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    All pledges of $10 or more will allow you to have your name etched on a panel featuring our "community builders" You will also receive an invitation to a soft opening with our vendors and farmers. Meet the folks who make this delicious food possible!

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    A Butter Bakery Cafe Travel Tumbler or Coffee Mug to help you get our small size price for any drink when you bring your own mug!

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    Enjoy a pint of our newest addition to the Butter Bakery Cafe line of treats - the Butter Blend Ice Cream. Your pledge helps us with the purchase of our new ice cream batch freezer and gets you into a drawing for "naming rights" for this new member of our team!

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    How many Polars does it take to make a class table? Pledge $25 or more and create a space where the reunion always happens - a table in honor of the class of 1980.

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    A limited edition Butter Bakery Cafe t-shirt with our logo and new icon on the front and "support team" on the back!

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    Immortality is yours. Be a face in the crowd of a new mural to be designed for Butter Bakery Cafe.

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    A dozen cupcakes delivered to your door on your birthday - with a song of course.

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    Bakery box of 12 assorted goods from our bakery and a joe-to-go coffee box for your next meeting, delivered by one of our friendly staff!

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    Added by popular demand..Support our efforts to create great meals from locally sourced ingredients. Invite a friend to brunch and we'll treat both of you. Two menu entrees, two sets of beverages, two desserts...we'll even pack up a treat for the next morning...if it gets home.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    A personal class with one of our baristas, kitchen, or bakery staff - get behind the scenes and learn what creates the tastes of Butter Bakery Cafe. From brewing a great cup of coffee, to crafting soups and salads, to baking a batch of awesome biscuits, to churning out handmade ice cream - we'll arrange with you to see how it works.

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    A custom and private espresso drink recipe that reflects the personality and tastes of you or a loved one. It's like naming a star after someone but a tad more tangible.

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    A home cooked meal (complete with ice cream) with Dan and his family at his South Minneapolis home for you and a friend!

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    Pledge $275 or more About $275

    Have your name engraved into one of our custom Wood from the Hood reclaimed wood tables. This is really much better than any reserved seating you can ask for. You will also get a custom Butter Bakery Cafe support team Coffee Mug to place on your table when you visit.

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    Butter Bakery is yours for the night! A private party for you and 15 of your friends, catered by Butter and with local musicians provided by Butter.

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    We will connect you with one of our Community Supported Agriculture farms (Big River Farms or Turnip Rock Farm) for a weekly CSA share to pick up at Butter. Make your Thursday visits to Butter Bakery very produce-tive!

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    Become an ice cream patron. Yes, by helping us fund the ice cream maker and display, you'll receive an honorary ice cream patron card that will entitle you to ice cream each time you visit and our thanks with every scoop and pint we make. Counts for sorbet too.

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    This is a group effort. Gather some friends to collect this amount to help us fund the Butter Community Table. This beautiful reclaimed wood table will be the heart of our group gatherings and community meetings. Your group's name will be engraved into the table as reminder of the power of community. You will also each receive a custom Butter Bakery Cafe support team Coffee Mug to place on your table when you visit.

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Funding period

- (30 days)