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Help create 14 new jobs and bring back a much-missed Edinburgh insitution: become a Jackstarter!
Help create 14 new jobs and bring back a much-missed Edinburgh insitution: become a Jackstarter!
Help create 14 new jobs and bring back a much-missed Edinburgh insitution: become a Jackstarter!
1,030 backers pledged £80,359 to help bring this project to life.

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Illegal Jack's opened its doors in late 2009, but 5 years later was forced to close after a leak which went unfixed from a twin shower unit above the restaurant caused the ceiling to collapse. The resulting cashflow problems and wasted stock meant that the best future for the business was to liquidate in order to best look after the staff and suppliers, and hope to start over again. In the last few months several banks have been approached, but in the current climate they are not keen to lend to a restaurant which bizarrely they view as a "new business".

(That was the first of many excellent videos courtesy of @JJ_Campbell our Burrito Bandit, starring the Jackaholics at one of our infamous parties!)

While we were open we won a bunch of awards such as The Observer Cheap Eat Award for Scotland as well as UK Runner-up, and the UK Social Buzz Chairman's Award. More importantly though, we had a hardcore army of supporters: the self-styled "Jackaholics" and it is to them and the wider world I am now turning. Have found a great unit on St Patrick Square near Edinburgh University, and having secured a new head lease for the premises the project is underway. Professional designers Cubit 3D have been commissioned to give the place a warmer cosier feel than the old restaurant, and to adapt the business to the challenge of operating in a smaller space. Quite major renovation will be needed from the existing set-up, and a good deal of refridgeration required as well as a new kitchen in order to replicate the standard and speed of service of food we had before. And so am launching this Kickstarter to help get Scotland's original burrito place back open and create 14 new jobs. In return my commitment is to be as generous as I can with food and cool stuff in order to say thank you to our supporters. 

Tacos!
Tacos!
Combo Fajitas!
Combo Fajitas!

And finally a massive thanks to Ian for his time and self-deprecation, and to Dr Phil for writing the script, as well as Ben Glasgow for shooting the video. I laughed and cried as it was being made.

Did you know that a third of our menu is vegetarian?
Did you know that a third of our menu is vegetarian?

 This happened. Took all of 10 minutes to plan! Amazing guys :)

Risks and challenges

Opening a restaurant in the current climate is difficult, expensive and challenging. The good news is I've done it before, and am fortunate enough to have a wonderful customer base. Most independent start-ups don't make it past 3 years, but we've shown it can be done. Furthermore, have spoken to all our former suppliers and they are extremely supportive. Finally, I believe in leading by example and have already committed my own life savings to this project. Should anyone wish further details before getting involved then please don't hesitate to contact me, am happy to discuss.

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    Pledge £10 or more About $15

    Want to sample Scotland's original burrito? Have any full size one and I'll throw in a soft drink of your choice. I'll email you a unique Kickstarter PDF code to make it easy. Plus your name will be on our Jackstarter Wall of Fame!

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    A little hungrier eh? :) Two full size burritos on me and a couple of soft drinks to go as them down. I'll email you a unique Kickstarter PDF code to make it easy. Plus your name will be on our Jackstarter Wall of Fame!

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    A limited edition Jackstarter Founder t-shirt to those who opt for this one. Black tee, in men's and women's cuts, with a proper back print showing the world you helped! I'll take care of the postage within the UK also. Plus your name will be on our Jackstarter Wall of Fame of course :)

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    A limited edition Jackstarter Founder shoulder bag. Stylish, ideal for carrying your laptop, and making a statement. I'll take care of the postage within the UK also. Plus your name will be on our Jackstarter Wall of Fame of course :)

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    A limited edition Jackstarter Founder t-shirt to those who opt for this one. Black tee, in men's and women's cuts, with a proper back print showing the world you helped! Plus a burrito of choice and soft drink as well. I'll take care of the postage within the UK also (only of the t-shirt before someone asks... ;) Plus your name will be on our Jackstarter Wall of Fame of course :)

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    A limited edition Jackstarter Founder shoulder bag. Stylish, ideal for carrying your laptop, and making a statement. I'll take care of the postage within the UK also. And there's a burrito of choice and a soft drink for you in-store too. Plus your name will be on our Jackstarter Wall of Fame of course :)

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    Pledge £45 or more About $67

    A limited edition Jackstarter Founder shoulder bag. Stylish, ideal for carrying your laptop, and making a statement. And a Founder's T-shirt too. I'll take care of the postage within the UK also. Plus your name will be on our Jackstarter Wall of Fame of course :)

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    Pledge £45 or more About $67

    Your weekly burrito for a month? 5 full size ones on me and I'll throw in a soft drink of your choice each time. I'll email you 5 unique Kickstarter PDF codes to make it easy. Plus your name will be on our Jackstarter Wall of Fame!

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    Pledge £50 or more About $74

    Something tells me you like this place...! Dinner for four folks here, I'm talking fajitas. Oh, and drinks, only soft ones though :) I'll email you a unique Kickstarter PDF code to make it easy.Plus your name will be on our Jackstarter Wall of Fame!

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    Pledge £100 or more About $149

    Now you're getting hardcore... You and 7 friends will be dining on me, whatever main course you want, and am throwing in 4 side orders of your choice (wings / chips & dips / quesas minis). And soft drinks too. I'll email you a unique Kickstarter PDF code to make it easy. Plus your name will be on our Jackstarter Wall of Fame!

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    Pledge £100 or more About $149

    A limited edition Jackstarter Founder Jacket to those who opt for this one. High quality Amercian style number, this looks the part. I'll take care of the postage within the UK also. Plus your name will be on our Jackstarter Wall of Fame of course :)

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    Pledge £100 or more About $149

    Pre-pay 12 visits to Jack's?! 12 full size burritos (or tacos/quesas )with this option and I'll throw in a soft drink of your choice each time. I'll email you 10 unique Kickstarter PDF codes to make it easy. Plus your name will be on our Jackstarter Wall of Fame!

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    A limited edition Jackstarter Founder Jacket to those who opt for this one. High quality Amercian style number, this looks the part. I'll take care of the postage within the UK also. And when you wear it into the restaurant there will be a burrito and soft drink on me also. Plus your name will be on our Jackstarter Wall of Fame of course :)

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    Pledge £145 or more About $216

    The full set: limited edition Jackstarter Founder's Jacket, T-shirt, and Shoulder Bag. Won't be available again. I'll take care of the postage within the UK also. Plus your name will be on our Jackstarter Wall of Fame of course :)

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    Pledge £160 or more About $238

    Pre-pay 20 visits to Jack's?! 20 full size burritos (or tacos/quesas )with this option and I'll throw in a soft drink of your choice each time. I'll email you 15 unique Kickstarter PDF codes to make it easy. Plus your name will be on our Jackstarter Wall of Fame!

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    Pledge £200 or more About $297

    Seriously hungry! You and 7 friends will be dining on me - TWICE -, whatever main course you want, and am throwing in 4 side orders of your choice (wings / chips & dips / quesas minis). And soft drinks too. Finally will throw in a Founder t-shirt to say thanks. I'll email you a unique Kickstarter PDF code to make it easy. Plus your name will be on our Jackstarter Wall of Fame!

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    Pledge £500 or more About $743

    Are you thinking about a year's supply? Your weekly burrito or quesadilla? This Jackstarter does all that (with a soft drink of course) so you can get your fix. And you're welcome to spread this out to whenever suits, it's not a rigid once a week :) I'll send you a special Jackstarter Card you just show when you come in. And I'll throw in a Founder's t-shirt as well. Plus your name will be on our Jackstarter Wall of Fame!

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,487

    Lunch for your office! Once a month we'll deliver food for up to 10 people here in Edinburgh, just let me know the week before and I'll take care of it :) I'll email you a unique Kickstarter PDF code to make it easy. Plus your company's name will be on our Jackstarter Wall of Fame!

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    Pledge £2,000 or more About $2,974

    Lunch for your office! Once a month we'll deliver food for up to 20 people here in Edinburgh, just let me know the week before and I'll take care of it :) I'll email you a unique Kickstarter PDF code to make it easy. Plus your company's name will be on our Jackstarter Wall of Fame!

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    Pledge £5,000 or more About $7,435

    The Big One! An unlimited supply of our food for TWO, whenever you want it, for the next ten years of the lease. Soft drinks as well of course. I'll send you an exclusive ultimate Jackstarter Card you just show when you come in. And a set of all the merchandise we have and will do in the future. Plus your names will be top of our Jackstarter Wall of Fame!

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