Our story began in 2005 when we all started working together at Cittanuova Restaurant in East Hampton, NY. James Gee was the opening chef in 2004. Carolyn Papetti (then Fromm) came on as General Manager in early 2005. Massimo Papetti later joined in the fall of 2005 taking his first foray into restaurant work as host, literally "just off the boat" from Italy.
We learned a lot together, but we believe we learned even more from Bonnie and Ben. They imparted upon us the art of bringing people together and the importance of taking care of people. They shared with us their sense of community and unbeknownst to us at the time, they also gifted us with the confidence to succeed.
We've long dreamed of opening a restaurant together, and at one point in 2008 we were close to pulling the trigger and moving to Philadelphia! Alas, that didn't pan out and James moved to Washington, DC instead to run Jose' Andres' Jaleo Bethesda Restaurant in 2011. Carolyn moved on to run Nick & Toni's Restaurant in East Hampton and Massimo remained at Cittanuova as the General Manager until 2015.
The Papettis since relocated to DC upon an investment pledge from Carolyn's cousin. The "search" for the perfect location took time and in May of 2018, we found a location just blocks from the Papettis home that reminded us in many ways, of what Cittanuova was back in the day.
I'm Eddie Cano (say if fast) is our first venture. It will be a fun, family friendly restaurant with approachable price points offering both Italian cuisine "from the boot" as well as Italian American specialities paying tribute to over two centuries of Italian immigrants who have cultivated their cuisine here in the United States.
Permits permitting, we plan to open in late September 2018. We are here on kickstarter trying to raise additional capital to bridge the gap between start up costs and unexpected setbacks that are par for the course with first time restaurant owners!
We ask you to consider contributing to our campaign and helping us on this journey.
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Risks and challenges
Acquiring the start up capital to open this restaurant was the first major obstacle and we accomplished that thanks to Carolyn's cousin and his business partner.
Having the funds to sustain the "early days" of being a new restaurant on the block is the next scary step. We hope to be an overnight sensation, but what if we're not? We need to meet payroll on a weekly basis, pay our rent and pay our vendors. Establishing a steady cash flow takes time and in the early days of opening the doors it will be a huge relief to have some extra financial cushioning to get us to a smooth plateau.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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