Our food truck is expanding to a restaurant featuring locally sourced Chinese-American food. Our goal: sustainable certification. Read more
This project was successfully funded on June 25, 2013.
About this project
Hi everyone! We are the sibling trio behind the Boston food truck Mei Mei Street Kitchen. We're beyond excited to take our truck to another level by opening a restaurant in the Audubon Circle neighborhood of Boston, near Kenmore Square and Boston University. We’re in the process of building the restaurant right now and hope that you’ll join in our Kickstarter campaign in exchange for fun rewards. For questions about how Kickstarter works, please click here.
Our Project - With our own brick & mortar location, we'll be able to expand our menu, feed people year-round (tough on a Boston food truck!) and minimize our energy usage and food waste. We’ve raised almost all the money we need to get the restaurant up and running, but we’re not quite there. We're doing this campaign to make our restaurant as green as possible and achieve certification as a Sustainable Business Leader by the Sustainable Business Network. Funds raised will go to environmentally-friendly improvements such as:
- Energy-efficient lighting, infrastructure & kitchen equipment (the big ones)
- Low-flow plumbing
- Compost and recycling programs
- Reclaimed materials for our floors, walls and counters
- Solar shades & insulation
- A mini herb garden!
Here are some photos of our new space during construction:
We're also going to cook much more exciting food on a larger scale once we have our own kitchen. Some of the money will go to kitchen equipment we wouldn't otherwise be able to afford, like a smoker to make more bacon for cheddar biscuit sandwiches and curry-lime hollandaise Eggs Benedict. We’ll need a good convection oven to make French macarons, a commercial steamer for handmade dumplings and buns, and more fun kitchen toys to blow your mind with deliciousness.
Since opening in April 2012, we’ve served our creative, locally sourced Chinese-American street food around the City of Boston and beyond. We’ve got a diverse and always rotating menu - fun meat items like pig’s head spring rolls and handmade braised beef dumplings share menu space with vegetarian favorites like our organic Magical Kale Salad and the Double Awesome – but all these dishes reflect our commitment to local sourcing and sustainability. If you want to read more about us, we've been featured in the Boston Globe, the Boston Phoenix, Edible Boston, and more. We even won a Best of Boston award for the city's Best Meal on Wheels 2012 from Boston Magazine and a Greenovate award for sustainable food leadership from the City of Boston.
We aim to serve lunch, dinner and late night food at the restaurant and will also use the space as a commissary kitchen for our food truck. In the future we hope to add brunch and a beer and wine license focused on new England craft beers, ciders and wines. We also plan to partner with many of our local farmer, brewer, butcher, food justice friends to plan events, educational programs and kickass parties. We hope you can come along on this journey with us! Here's some of the Mei Mei team helping us grow:
We are beyond honored to have had all the support and love on our journey so far. We created this Kickstarter campaign to make our restaurant, food truck, and entire organization an even more valuable part of the Boston food community. When you pledge to our campaign, you become another member of the Mei Mei family and we look forward to meeting and thanking you. Back the truck up!
Huge thanks go to:
Our awesome team and extended Mei Mei family, Alexa Gonzalez Wagner for producing our video, Happy Alley for the music, our designer Christine of PHDB, our builders Other City and everyone else who has supported us along the way. Oh and of course our Mom and Dad!
Risks and challenges
Opening a restaurant always comes with challenges - delays in construction, holdups with permits and licensing, unexpected building issues, and so on and so forth. We've already begun construction with an experienced contractor so we hope to avoid many of these issues. No matter what happens, we are committed to getting this restaurant open. After all, we've signed a lease, we have rent to pay, and we've got people to feed! Should any of these issues arise, we will commit our full attention and efforts to getting them resolved. We feel very lucky to be part of a very supportive and helpful community of people who love and care about food here in Boston. With their assistance and advice, we feel confident that, in time, we will be able to solve any problems we face.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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Pledge $5 or more
Our Thanks: For EVERYONE pledging $5 or more, a huge thank you from the Mei Mei team. Your name will be featured somewhere in our restaurant as one of our original backers!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $15 or more
A meal on us at our food truck! Feast on any main dish and a drink. Whether it's a scallion pancake sandwich or dumplings, a Woodsman's Refresher or a Haymaker's Punch, we promise your experience will be Double Awesome:)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $30 or more
Serious Swag: Our limited edition tote bag or t-shirt - available through Kickstarter only! Plus, your name featured somewhere in the restaurant.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $60 or more
Blue Plate Special: Be one of the first to eat at the restaurant! You'll have first crack at reservations and receive a main dish, a dessert, and some extra treats from the kitchen.
For out-of-towners: a limited edition Mei Mei tote bag AND t-shirt! Don't forget - your name will be featured somewhere in the restaurant.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $85 or more
Serious Swag Two: The limited edition tote bag, t-shirt and a Mei Mei bike cap - just like the ones worn by our crew. Plus, your name featured somewhere in the restaurant!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
31 backers Limited (19 left of 50)
Soft as a Steamed Bun: A ticket to our soft opening! Three courses plus a non-alcoholic beverage while we practice on you in our shiny new restaurant. You'll be able to see your name featured somewhere in our restaurant while you eat.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $200 or more
20 backers All gone!
Soft as a Steamed Bun DOUBLED!: TWO tickets to our soft opening! Three courses plus a non-alcoholic beverage while we practice on you and a guest in our shiny new restaurant. You'll be able to see your name featured somewhere in our restaurant while you eat - double the fun.
Estimated delivery: Jul 2013Estimated delivery:
Pledge $250 or more
7 backers Limited (43 left of 50)
A Touch Of Class: Two tickets to a Mei Mei culinary class of your choice. Options include:
DUMPLING TUTORIAL: We'll show you how to fold beautiful dumplings and feed you while you learn. We'll even send you home with dumplings to go.
PIG BUTCHERING DEMO: We butcher pastured, humanely raised pigs from John Crow Farm - come join us! We'll show you how to do some basic cuts and feed you delicious porky snacks.
FRENCH MACARON LESSON: You'll learn proper macaronage, design your own flavor combinations, and take a box home for your family and friends. Whatever you choose, you'll also see your name featured somewhere in our restaurant.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
6 backers Limited (19 left of 25)
Dynamic Duo: TWO tickets to our soft opening, TWO tickets to a Mei Mei class of your choice (see above), and the naming rights to one of our rotating menu items. Spend some quality time with your bestie or sweetheart and Mei Mei, and then name a scallion pancake sandwich together! You'll also see your name somewhere in the restaurantEstimated delivery:
Pledge $1,000 or more
Eight-Top: Lucky number eight! A whole bunch of food for you and seven guests at the restaurant. Host your friends, enjoy extra-VIP status - we'll stuff you silly with our standard menu items and send along some extra-special treats from the kitchen and do it up right. You and a guest will also be invited to our exclusive Summer 2013 launch party so you can see your name up in the restaurant and we can thank you in person!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $2,500 or more
1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)
Semi-Annual Supper: A four-course dinner for you and one guest, twice a year, for the life of the restaurant. We know you'll come in all the time, so let us treat you. You and a guest will also be invited to our exclusive Summer 2013 launch party so you can see your name up in the restaurant and we can thank you in person!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $5,000 or more
1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)
Semi-Annual Supper PLUS One O' Errythang Else: That's right. Dinner for you and one guest, twice a year, for the life of the restaurant, one Eight-Top dinner, one pair of Touch of Class tickets, two Soft as a Steamed Bun entries, one Blue Plate Special, and some Serious Swag. You and a guest will also be invited to our exclusive Summer 2013 launch party so you can see your name up in the restaurant and we can thank you in person!Estimated delivery:
- (24 days)