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A fun, family friendly Italian restaurant located in Chevy Chase, DC.
170 backers pledged $27,587 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

Some of our old press:

A Family Affair at East Hampton Restaurants
A Family Affair at East Hampton Restaurants

A Family Affair at East Hampton Restaurants 

Eating in Italian 

Cittanuova Fresh Flavors
Cittanuova Fresh Flavors

Cittanuova Fresh Flavors 

Il Ristorante della Settimana
Il Ristorante della Settimana

Il Ristorante della Settimana 

#32
#32

50 People You Need to Know this Summer (#32--between Sarah Jessica Parker and Ron Perelman) 

Chinachilcano Review
Chinachilcano Review

Chinachilcano Review 

What Local Chefs Will Do on Thanksgiving 

Nick & Toni's Hires a New GM 

Paella  Cooking Classes at Jaleo 

Nick? Toni? Neither! 

Culinary Wanderlust Chinachilcano 

Nick & Toni's Celebrates 25 Years 

Long Island Movers and Shakers 

The George Town Club Welcomes New GM 

Learning with your Mouth Full (apparently article is no longer available online!)
Learning with your Mouth Full (apparently article is no longer available online!)

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.

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    Join us for Staff "Family Meal"

    Get a "behind the scenes" experience at I'm Eddie Cano by joining us for staff "family meal". You and a guest are invited to dine with us and our staff as we prep for the shift and get ready to open for the night! Meet the players, enjoy the meal and feel like part of the team. But don't worry, we won't put you to work after your meal!
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    OPENING WEEK TICKETS--limited time offer

    Tickets, tickets, get your tickets! Tickets are per person and include three menu items, draft selections of cocktail, beer and/or wine, tax and gratuity.

    Tickets will only be available the first week, after that it's first come first serve as "Eddie" is a no reservations restaurant. It's ambitious of us to hope that we will have a "Rose's Luxury problem" on our hands in our enclave of Chevy Chase--which is--a line around the block every night. You never know so you might want to get your tickets now!

    Opening night is slated for September 25 and tickets will be available for September 25-30 only--we reserve the right to change these dates and will alert you accordingly. Preferred dining night and time selection will be granted in the order by which tickets are purchased inclusive of those who purchased $200 gift cards for $100 (you can use those towards opening week if you prefer-and have some $$ left over).

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    $200 Gift Certificate Deal!!!!!!

    Get a $200 gift certificate for just $100!! Help us out! Gift certificates will be available by October 1 and valid for use any time we are open.

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    TICKETS FOR TWO (2)--OPENING WEEK

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    These tickets are for two people and include three menu items, draft selections of cocktail, beer and/or wine, tax and gratuity.

    Tickets will only be available the first week, after that it's first come first serve as "Eddie" is a no reservations restaurant. It's ambitious of us to hope that we will have a "Rose's Luxury problem" on our hands in our enclave of Chevy Chase--which is--a line around the block every night. You never know so you might want to get your tickets now! Opening night is slated for September 25 and tickets will be available for September 25-30 only--we reserve the right to change these dates and will alert you accordingly.

    Preferred dining night and time selection will be granted in the order by which tickets are purchased inclusive of those who purchased $200 gift cards for $100 (you can use those towards opening week if you prefer-and have some $$ left over).

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    Degustazione del Vino (Wine Tasting)

    Have you and 9 friends join us for a guided tasting of 10 Italian wines. We'll discuss regions, grapes, pairings, wine values and more. Led by wine sommelier and owner Carolyn Papetti. Light bites will also be provided.

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    Private Cooking Lessons with Lunch

    Join Chef James Gee for private "hands on" cooking lessons with a seated lunch to follow. Recipes provided. Valid for a group of up to four people. Any date of your choosing but must be during lunch hour (weekend or weekday). All tax and gratuities included. We ask for 2 weeks advance notice to "cash in" on your date.

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    Language & Linguine

    Learn travel-friendly Italian as you dine. Join us for four weeks of “Italian language lessons with dinner" with Massimo. Each week includes the lessons and a full three course meal with wine. Tax and gratuities included. Dates of your choosing. Thursday-Saturday 7pm-10pm excluded. Offer is for a group of up to six people. We ask that you book the dates at least two weeks in advance.

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    Private Cocktail Party

    Private cocktail reception for you and 50-75 of your closest friends. The party starts at 9pm and goes til midnight. Open bar, passed appetizers and private restaurant all to yourself! Includes tax and gratuity.

    Want to contribute but don't get to DC often? Donate the cocktail party to our local elementary school, Murch Elementary or the local fire department located just five stores down or a charity of your choosing! Please give us two weeks advance notice for the date of your choosing.

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    Full Buy-Out

    Be one of only two people to acquire a full buy-out of I'm Eddie Cano. Buyout date of your choosing barring a few big holiday blackout dates. Includes private cocktail party and dinner for up to 75 guests from 6pm-midnight. Includes cocktail hour with passed appetizers, buffet or seated dinner with wine and post-dinner drinks. Perfect for a big adult birthday celebration, partnership at your firm, etc. Includes all taxes and gratuities.

    Want to contribute but don't get to DC often? Donate the buyout to our local elementary school, Murch Elementary or the local fire department located just five stores down or a charity of your choosing!

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Funding period

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