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A community restaurant in San Francisco that loves locally-sourced ingredients, draft beers, excellent wines & contemporary art.
A community restaurant in San Francisco that loves locally-sourced ingredients, draft beers, excellent wines & contemporary art.
108 backers pledged $50,087 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi everyone! I'm Chef Nicholas Pallone, and I'm embarking on a crazy new journey with a talented crew to bring you Academy, a neighborhood restaurant situated in San Francisco's Lower Pacific Heights, walking distance from the Kabuki Theater and Japantown.

In a nutshell, our restaurant will emulate the definition of an academy — a place to promote and maintain culinary standards, where the community can come together to enjoy, share and build on the bountiful culture of the Bay Area.

Canning Early Girl tomatoes
Canning Early Girl tomatoes

What it's all about: food, drink, art and community!

Academy will be a place to celebrate the best, local, seasonal ingredients every day. Our focus is on sustainability — we work with over 15 area farms and ranches, and the food they are growing is a-ma-zing.

Inspired by the family meals served my Italian grandparents’ house, our menu will feature Neapolitan-inspired pizzas and small batch charcuterie — salumi, coppa di testa, capicola, soppressata, and cotechino to name a few. From whole animal butchery to house-brewed vinegars to milling our own flour to pickling and preserving… we’re excited to explore a whole world of possibilities and to share it all with you.

But that's not all! Academy will have over 25 craft beers on tap, and an array of local wine taps too. The legendary and knowledgeable Jason Michael Burton will be managing our bar and front of house, guaranteeing warmth, laughs and a good time for all.

Our pizzas and charcuterie are going to make you smile
Our pizzas and charcuterie are going to make you smile

And then there’s… art! We are inspired by the creative and innovative culture that encompasses the Bay Area, and hope to channel it into an ongoing showcase for local, national and international artists. Art is so important to us that we are teaming up with Berlin artist Christian Rothenhagen from the get-go — he’s designing our logo, donating beautiful and original prints for our Kickstarter rewards and producing one of a kind, on-site work for our space!

And music! We are super excited to have a track from the Bay Area's Afrolicious featured on our video, above.

Berlin artist Christian Rothenhagen working in his studio
Berlin artist Christian Rothenhagen working in his studio

Why do we need your help?

We are collaborating with the fabulous folks at Swell Spaces Interior Design in Oakland to undertake a complete remodel on a shoestring budget. We need to revamp our dining area and bar, buy and install a rad new pizza oven, remodel the kitchen, buy a bunch of cool kitchen toys, blow out some walls and rebuild others, install new awnings… you get the picture.

Kickstarter is giving us a chance to make this a reality, so please take a look at our great rewards and help us hit our funding goal!

Floor plans in-progress by Swell Spaces Interior Design
Floor plans in-progress by Swell Spaces Interior Design

What's in it for you

Well, some great rewards, first of all. And of course the warm, fuzzy feeling of helping to make a dream come true. And lastly, your contribution will influence the community scene at Fillmore and Sutter in San Francisco... and that's got to feel good.

Picture this: You walk in to a space that is warm with reclaimed wood, communal tables, friendly faces, an inviting bar. Subtle aromas of fresh herbs and toasting spices as you walk into the restaurant. A versatile pizza oven holds a cast iron pot of braised and caramelized meat for the day's service.

People sit and share a board of house-cured meats, crunchy garlicky pickles, plates of roasted seasonal vegetables and other assorted accoutrements. You see some inspiring artwork on the wall, and hear the uplifting tunes coming through the speakers .

Canning, pickling and preserving ALL the yummy things
Canning, pickling and preserving ALL the yummy things

This is a taste of what's to come — what we here at Academy would love to share with you.

Thank you, and see you soon at Academy!— Oh, and please share this with your social networks! We also love to read your comments, so let us know what you're thinking.

A young Chef Nicholas in the kitchen with his Grandma Stoltz
A young Chef Nicholas in the kitchen with his Grandma Stoltz

Risks and challenges

A restaurant is always a challenging undertaking. This is to be a complete remodel, and most permits are already in place.

I have been in the restaurant business for over 15 years and have gained invaluable experience to help this business navigate through any obstacle, as well as to grow and succeed in San Francisco's already heady restaurant scene.

Our goal is to open in March 2015, but any construction project is subject to delays. Everyone who backs this project will receive email updates on our progress — you'll be the first to know all the latest Academy news!

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    A hug from the chef if you're in San Francisco, and a tweet & Facebook shout-out no matter where you are! We are truly grateful for any amount you can offer to make this dream become a reality.

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    An Academy logo & Christian Rothenhagen | deerBLN sticker 3-pack plus an Academy logo magnet for your fridge! Pick 'em up in person, or we can mail them to you for a little added postage.

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    Two frosty beverages plus the Academy logo & Christian Rothenhagen | deerBLN sticker 3-pack, an Academy logo magnet for your fridge and Twitter & Facebook shout-outs!

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    A limited-edition, Academy logo American Apparel t-shirt*! Berlin artist Christian Rothenhagen designed our logo, and you will definitely want to wear it around.

    PLUS the Academy logo & Christian Rothenhagen | deerBLN sticker 3-pack, the Academy logo magnet and Twitter & Facebook shout-outs!

    *We will be in touch to get your preferred size before ordering.

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    A delicious, Neapolitan-inspired pizza and two frosty beverages!

    PLUS the same Academy logo & Christian Rothenhagen | deerBLN sticker 3-pack and Academy logo magnet that all your friends will have, and Twitter & Facebook shout-outs!

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    A limited edition set of three mini-prints (15x15cm) by Berlin artist Christian Rothenhagen!

    PLUS the Academy logo & Christian Rothenhagen | deerBLN sticker 3-pack, an Academy logo magnet for your fridge and Twitter & Facebook shout-outs!

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    A limited edition Christian Rothenhagen tile! Christian's ongoing "My Dad Was a Tiler" art project has placed tiles on walls in special places all over the world. This is a rare opportunity to own one of his SF-based drawings on a 10 x 10cm tile! You can see more at http://mydadwasatiler02.blogspot.de.

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    A limited edition "San Francisco Love Bombers“ 12" x 12“ print on heavy fine art paper, signed / numbered / stamped by Berlin artist Christian Rothenhagen. He's making this print just for Academy!

    PLUS the Academy logo & Christian Rothenhagen | deerBLN sticker 3-pack, an Academy logo magnet and Twitter & Facebook shout-outs!

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    Two frosty beverages a month for the life of the restaurant, which will be a really long time! WOW!

    PLUS the sweet Academy logo & Christian Rothenhagen | deerBLN sticker 3-pack, an Academy logo magnet for your fridge and Twitter & Facebook shout-outs!

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    A limited & special edition San Francisco street print on heavy fine art paper, about 16" wide, signed / numbered / stamped by Berlin artist Christian Rothenhagen. This will look amazing on your wall at home!

    PLUS the Academy logo & Christian Rothenhagen | deerBLN sticker 3-pack, an Academy logo magnet and Twitter & Facebook shout-outs!

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    An indulgent, 5-course, beverage-pairing tasting meal for two! Chef Nicholas and Jason will make you feel like the most important people on the planet because, well, you are.

    PLUS the sweet Academy logo & Christian Rothenhagen | deerBLN sticker 3-pack, an Academy logo magnet for your fridge and Twitter & Facebook shout-outs!

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    Two frosty beverages and a yummy pizza for lunch EVERY MONTH for the life of the restaurant. That's right — as long as we are here, you're set!

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    Make it sacred, Godfather style: 4-8 of your friends or family will enjoy a custom 8-course meal with fine beverage pairings in the back room — with a ridiculous amount of (discreet) attention from the chef, bar and staff — so that you can discuss important business.

    PLUS the Academy logo & Christian Rothenhagen | deerBLN sticker 3-pack, an Academy magnet for your fridge and Twitter & Facebook shout-outs!

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    A scrumptious, annual, four-course dinner for two, including beverage pairing, for the next 10 years! Bring a friend and we'll treat you right. It's the perfect anniversary celebration for, well, anything!

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    You want it. You got it! The restaurant is yours for one night Sunday-Thursday, with family-style food and artfully-paired beverages for as many people as we can legally hold. This package includes an attentive Chef Nicholas, a bartender of unbending style, and friendly staff who all know your name. Book it for your team, your wedding, or just you and the person you want to impress!

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