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By Rice Paper Scissors
$36,510 pledged of $35,000 goal
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About this project

Finally, a home!
Finally, a home!

Rice Paper Scissors is a San Francisco-based pop-up restaurant inspired by the sidewalk dining and street food of Vietnam.

After six years, we finally found a permanent location (!!!) and are using this Kickstarter to help bring Vietnamese food to the sunny microclimate of the Mission District.

Between little red stools, Cambodian pop music, and a rotating menu of handmade regional Vietnamese dishes (complete with California sensibilities), we promise you’ll fall in love with the experience too. Help us open by the end of year by making a pledge!

We're also throwing a birthday buffet bash and Kickstarter party on Monday, March 27th at the PizzaHacker. Kickstarter backers get a special menu item: the Banh Mizza. Tickets are $20 are available on Eventbrite and at the door.

WHAT YOUR PLEDGE WOULD FUND

Our future restaurant is located at Folsom and 22nd Street in San Francisco’s Mission District. We need to raise $35,000 to complete the interior design. Your pledge will help fund the finishing touches that will make the space truly special with:

  • lanterns, decor and a fresh set of little red stools from Vietnam

  • buildout of the most epic bathroom featuring a mural from a local artist

  • a bar where you can enjoy beer and wine after work


If we hit our reach goal of $45,000, we will build an outdoor seating area, complete with heat lamps!

Inside the space.
Inside the space.

OUR STORY

Since our very first pop-up in February 2011, we’ve popped up in almost every place you can imagine -- from bars to one-car garages -- with big one exception: at a restaurant of our very own.

From our New Year's Day pop-up
From our New Year's Day pop-up

Along the way we’ve wagged our finger at Anthony Bourdain, grilled octopus on the street with Eddie Huang and shared our recipes with Food & Wine Magazine.

We run a busy catering program and weekly pop-up at Mojo Bicycle Cafe, but have been missing a permanent location where we can serve Vietnamese comfort food in a fun and vibrant setting.

Our corner on Folsom & 22nd.
Our corner on Folsom & 22nd.

THE VISION

We want to open a casual neighborhood restaurant that brings the look, feel and food of Saigon to San Francisco. Think bright colors, tropical plants, pyramids of fresh fruit and playful plateware! We want it to feel cozy yet as if you’ve just stepped into another country. After all, vacation is a state of mind. 

 THE FOOD

We’ll be open for lunch, brunch and dinner. The menu will feature noodle soups and rice plates that keep you warm on those cold San Francisco nights, plus street food and dim sum bites.

Our menu will include Bun Bo Hue (spicy lemongrass beef noodle soup), Chicken Pho, Pork Garlic Noodles, Fried Egg Sandwiches, Yellow Curry with Udon Noodles, and Handmade Lamb Dumplings. We’ll continue to make everything from scratch, like our shrimp chips and oyster sauce, to offer Vietnamese food that is soulful and exciting.

And of course, beer and wine to enjoy it with!

Thank you for reading!

SELECTED REWARDS

$30 - Custom Pocket Notebook featuring photography with Andria Lo

 $30 - Appetizer on Us

 $50 - A Meal on Us!

$80 - Housemade Asian Condiments - hoisin, oyster and shiitake sauce

 $100 - A Ticket to our Opening Party with appetizers and drinks

 $150 - Meal for Two!

GREAT FOR GROUPS

 $300 - Happy Hour Snacks plus Housemade Sauces

 $425 - DIY Pho Catering for 25

 $2,500 Private Happy Hour for 30

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Cám ơn (thank you) to our friends for helping us with this page.

VIDEO Pete Lee / editor: Katherine O' Toole, sound/second camera: Wyatt Roy, music: Dengue Fever. Footage courtesy of VICE, Kabari TV and Mass Appeal.

PHOTOGRAPHY Andria Lo

GRAPHIC DESIGN Valerie Shagday

SKATEBOARD DESIGN Laura Helen Winn

 

 

Risks and challenges

This is our first restaurant and we’ll be starting from scratch, from the layout of the space, to the kitchen installation, to the paint we’ll put on the walls.

We’re excited to work with a talented team of local artists, photographers, graphic designers, architects, woodworkers, interior designers, contractors, ceramicists to make this a beautiful place.

Our challenges are getting our permits moving along and putting in a gas line, but we are confident that everything will be pushed through. After being a pop-up for six years, we’re used to being scrappy and industrious.

We hope to open in the next eight months to a year. Though it depends largely on the permitting and construction timeline, we will do our best to get it open as soon as we can!

It’s been a challenge to find an affordable restaurant space in this rental market. Now that we’ve found the space, we just need your help building it out, and of course to come and enjoy the food!

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    Custom Pocket Notebook + Vietnam Guide

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    Get Saucy: Housemade Asian Condiments

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    Voucher for food and drinks for two (includes three appetizers, two mains, two drinks and a dessert). Redeemable at Mojo Bicycle Cafe, our pop-ups or at the future restaurant. Plus a shout out on our website.
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    Happy Hour Snacks plus Housemade Sauces

    We'll deliver a catering platter of pho rolls for 25 people. Also includes our housemade sauces for the whole office to share. For parties over 25 people, select the reward and increase the pledge amount to match your headcount at $12/per person. Plus a shout out on our website.
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    DIY Pho Bar Deluxe for 25

    We'll bring a blown-out version of DIY Pho Bar for 25 people with special add-ons like beef meatballs and sous vide eggs not usually available with our lunch catering. For parties over 25 people, select the reward and increase the pledge amount to match your headcount at $20/per person. Also includes our housemade sauces for the whole office to share. Plus a shout out on our website.
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    Private Happy Hour for 30

    Get your crew together for a private happy hour at our commissary kitchen near the Civic Center. Includes appetizers and drinks for 30. Plus a shout out on our website.
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    Thirsty Thursday: Weekday Buyout

    Restaurant buyout for four hours Monday - Thursday at our future restaurant. We'll serve appetizers and drinks for you and 50 of your closest friends.

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    Ride on a custom deck designed by Laura Helen Winn. Plus a shout out on our website.
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