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RON RUSSELLBy RON RUSSELL
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RON RUSSELLBy RON RUSSELL
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$1,617
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Funding Unsuccessful
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About

You asked for it, you've got it! We've looked for many years for a 2nd location and we FINALLY found the perfect location for a SunCafe on the Westside. 

Suncafe Organic is opening a 2nd plant-based location on Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica. Over the 10 years since we began Suncafe, hundreds of patrons have asked us to open on the westside. This location on Wilshire Blvd is huge (6,000 square feet, a full bar, and 60 dedicated parking spaces). Repurposing an existing iconic steak house and We will become the LARGEST vegan restaurant in American. We plan to open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days per week with entertainment starting at 9pm each night and going until 2am.  The first vegan live music and event spot in Los Angeles open until 2am!

We need YOUR help to make it happen. We've worked very hard to make Suncafe one of the best vegan spots in the U.S. Now it's time to expand the audience to enjoy our unique take on plant-based food. It hasn't been easy to get to this point. The first year we worked 16 hours per day without a day off, but we built a lot of loyal patrons with our unique cuisine. We've continued to build on that platform with a "no compromise" attitude: all organic, unique dishes, exceptional taste and top service.

Suncafe's mission is to serve the most delicious plant-based food in Los Angeles while drastically improving people's health through nutrient dense, lightly processed foods. We make almost everything from scratch, including our own cheeses, butter, chorizo, mayo, and sauces. Most things you eat at Suncafe were made within the last 24 hours.

Our initial goal is $50,000 for the new location, but ultimately for our stretch goal we need $150,000 to pull off this Santa Monica location.

Suncafe has twice been named 1 of the 10 Best Restaurants (out of 12,000) in Los Angeles, plus 17 other culinary awards (best smoothie, 2x best vegan mac 'n' cheese, best brunch, best outdoor dining). We've also won as THE most environmentally friendly restaurant in Los Angeles County.  

We've also been named as 1 of the top vegan restaurants in America & the #3 Raw Restaurant in the world. We've been featured on ABC Vista LA, KTLA Morning Show, Fox Morning, NY Times and Los Angeles Magazine.  

Nachos with house sunflower nacho "cheese", house sunflower chorizo, cashew sour cream, fresh guacamole & pico de gallo. Oh yeah!
Nachos with house sunflower nacho "cheese", house sunflower chorizo, cashew sour cream, fresh guacamole & pico de gallo. Oh yeah!

The new Santa Monica location seats 200+ people, has 60 parking spaces, a full-bar, and magic in the air. We will offer many of our classics from our Studio City location but we're going to take our new location to unimagined culinary heights. 

This location will offer a full bar experience with hand crafted cocktails made with fresh organic juices, early & late night happy hours until 2am, plus entertainment! There virtually no full service vegan restaurants in Santa Monica or the surrounding areas of Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Westwood, West Los Angeles and Topanga Canyon. SunCafe will provide an exceptional dining experience to those underserved communities.

Help us make this a reality and enjoy the best plant-based culinary experience in America. 

Mushroom Bordelaise with Truffle Mashed Potatoes and Grill Vegetables
Mushroom Bordelaise with Truffle Mashed Potatoes and Grill Vegetables

We're taking out a large loan to make this happen but we also need YOUR HELP to pull this off. Your funds will specifically help us to: 

- create a patio that's dog-friendly  

- update the bar and add an area for live music   

- commercial air fryer for delicious, nutritious, fat free and decadent crispy air fries w/ multiple outrageous dipping sauces

- update bathrooms and add stalls     

Dog costume contest last Halloween! Hippy Dog
Dog costume contest last Halloween! Hippy Dog
Legendary shakes in 5 flavors: coffee, cacao, mint shamrock, kale and strawberry
Legendary shakes in 5 flavors: coffee, cacao, mint shamrock, kale and strawberry
5 Different tacos: BBQ jackfruit, cauliflower mushroom, tempeh bacon nacho, potato with chipotle cream, and lettuce tacos with house chorizo
5 Different tacos: BBQ jackfruit, cauliflower mushroom, tempeh bacon nacho, potato with chipotle cream, and lettuce tacos with house chorizo

There’s been a 600% increase in people identifying as vegans in the U.S in the last three years. According to a report by research firm GlobalData, only 1% of U.S. consumers claimed to be vegan in 2014. And in 2017, that number rose to 6%.   

A fundraiser for long time friend Linda Blair and her WorldHeart Foundation dog rescue & also for Beagle Freedom Project. I'm Ron Russell on my right is Rebecca Smith, we're the founders of SunCafe
A fundraiser for long time friend Linda Blair and her WorldHeart Foundation dog rescue & also for Beagle Freedom Project. I'm Ron Russell on my right is Rebecca Smith, we're the founders of SunCafe
growth of interest in vegan foods
growth of interest in vegan foods

The time is right as veganism is growing quickly, we just need YOUR help to bring this unique plant-based culinary experience to Santa Monica and the surrounding areas. 


SunCafe comments/reviews from our customers:

"It had been seven months since my last true dining experience which was at the La Tour d’ Argent, a famous Michelin rate restaurant in Paris France. So you never know when your next one is going to happen, but this Valentine’s it happen at the SunCafe with my first bite, it was an explosion of taste, textures and emotions. I was captured and the experience did not stop until I finish dessert." 

"Your food is amazing! I brought my friend who's a total carnivore and converted her into the bright side."

"A little less awesomeness please, it was overwhelming!" 

"Awesome food and great portion size. It's nice to get a lot of a good thing. I traveled 25 miles to eat here. I'm stuffed and happy."
 

If you have any questions about the campaign, let us know! 

Thank you SO MUCH for helping us make this a reality by backing our project and sharing our campaign on social media!!

Risks and challenges

Restaurants are always difficult but we have 10 years experience and one of the most highly rated restaurants in LA, plus 1 of the top vegan restaurants in America.

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    Enjoy an entree of your choice at the Studio City location! Any of our popular items like baked lasagna GF, nachos, GF gourmet pizzas, or monthly specials.

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    Just say no to plastic with this awesome Sun Cafe reusable tote! Pick up at Suncafe or ask us to mail it.

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    Learn how to make AMAZING plant-based food with this vegan cooking class by Chef Ron, either the original location in Studio City or the new location in Santa Monica.

    Ron has given 300+ cooking classes that are quick and easy recipes (usually 15 minutes or less) that still offer gourmet, mouth-watering magic.

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    Signed physical copy of co-owner/chef Ron Russell's 120-recipe 15-Minute Vegan Gourmet Recipe Cookbook (and pdf version). Ron has given 300+ cooking classes.

    Reviews of Ron's cooking classes:

    "Extremely good recipes, they're always good but today they were extra special! I can't wait to get them into my repertoire! I love this class!!!!" - Ian Lodge

    "Once again, four tasty dishes to add to the home repertoire. The quick - and easy to make - recipes that Ron is presenting on Saturday mornings make it easier to pursue a Vegan lifestyle. Thanks, Ron, for another well-spent Saturday morning!" - Kathleen Dixon

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    SM Location will offer breakfast DAILY! Any 3 breakfast items from our legendary brunch menu: French Toast, GF Waffle, Vegan Omelette, Bagel/Shmear/Smoked Carrots, Buckwheat Pancakes and more!

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    Score a ticket to our exclusive launch party, where you'll nosh on tasty food and drinks while rubbing elbows with local vegan celebs and influencers. Includes a Suncafe tote bag and one of our famous Suncafe shakes!

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    Treat your sweetie to a romantic five prix fixe dinner for two (or choose your own multi-course feast) at our Santa Monica location

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    Morning coffee and catering for 10 at your office!

    We'll bring coffee, our bagels & vegan cream cheese (with toppings), rosemary potatoes & avocado toast. We'll deliver within 3 miles of the Wilshire Blvd location.

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    PRIVATE PARTY PERK

    Host your next private party at either location! Includes food and drinks for up to ten people.

    Appetizers, soup, salad, multiple entrees and dessert (alcohol not included). Use our lovely private dining room in Santa Monica. Choose your own ambiance (what music, candles, flowers, etc. and we will make it happen)

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    FOUNDER PERK

    VIP status with free valet service, your own private table anytime you come in, plus "head of the line" reservations or drop in seating. Listed on Found Plaque in the front of the restaurant. Also, $2,500 in food credit and invitation for you and a friend to join us for the opening night party. Plus, a tote bag, Chef Ron's cookbook and a cooking class for up to 4 people.

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    PATRON PERK

    4 private dining room experiences for up to 6 people, in Santa Monica or Studio City. Choose your own music and ambiance (candles, flowers, etc.)

    You also receive invitation for 2 for the opening night party. VIP status with free valet service, your own private table anytime you come in, plus "head of the line" reservations or drop in seating. Listed on Found Plaque in the front of the restaurant. $2,500 in food credit.

    Plus, private cooking class and dinner with Chef Ron, for up to 10 people, in your home. Also, visit any of Ron's regular cooking classes (or let a friend go). Plus, a tote bag, t-shirt, Chef Ron's cookbook.

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    Planning a wedding or epic celebration? Let Suncafe make your special day even better with food and drinks for up to 150 people (includes wait staff)

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Funding period

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