The Lynn on Bryant, the new Lynnhurst restaurant slated to open next door to Patina later this year, says they need their fans' help.
News of the restaurant's opening has stirred eager expectations from neighbors, and owners Peter Ireland and Jay Peterson are hoping that will translate into help to close a $25,000 shortfall in the cash they need to open, so they're turning to Kickstarter.
On their Kickstarter page, Peterson and Ireland praised the friends and family who have "helped us paint walls and put up websites; they’ve tested recipes and edited sentences like the one you’re reading right now."
"We've had great support from the city's Community Planning and Economic Development Department, from a local bank, from a small group of investors, as well as a number of friends and family members," Peterson told Patch in an email.
This way of tackling a cash shortage may seem innovative, but they're actually the second Southwest Minneapolis eatery to try the approach this month: Butter Bakery Cafe in Lyndale is also asking for help in making their move to new digs at 37th and Nicollet Avenue South.
"This is a way to help us through the stretch run, but also to galvanize the support of even more friends, family members and - most importantly—our new neighbors. And to reward them for their participation with good food and great coffee."
Some of those rewards are decidedly tasty-sounding:
- A selection of 12 pastries to bring to your office ($50 pledge)
- Tickets to a special preview evening before the Lynn actually opens ($75 pledge)
- A three-course dinner for two ($100 pledge) or four ($175 pledge)
- One free (celebrity) coffee a day for an entire year ($365 pledge)
The Lynn's Kickstarter campaign ends Sept. 9, and has so far raised about $10,000 from over 40 people.