Our goal is to start build-out and renovations in September/October 2022. To do that, we need to complete our “mini-capital” campaign by early August. We have raised $52,000 so far towards the $75,000 Hart Lift match.
We have also started to work with architects, equipment specialists, and our general contractor to plan, budget and timeline the build-out. Luckily, the building and front-of-house areas are in very good shape; however, the kitchen will need a lot of work and new equipment.
We are also beginning to do “R&D” (research and development) on the menu concept with our culinary team. Honestly, that is the fun part of a project like this. Additionally, we are working to expand our training program and reshape it to fully integrate with the restaurant. At the end of the day, the primary reason for us to open a restaurant is to provide life-changing job skills and economic opportunity for people who need a hand up, not a handout.
More updates to come…