Bigmista's Restaurant

$16,176 of $20k goal

Raised by 102 people in 31 months
Neil Bigmista Strawder   LONG BEACH, CA
It's time we started serving REAL. GOOD. MEAT on the regular to folx in L.A. If we smoke it they will come.

We've been serving REAL. GOOD. MEAT. to the good folx of L.A. since 10/2008 at various farmers markets throughout Los Angeles. We started in Watts and have since been to Lawndale, Echo Park, Eagle Rock, and El Segundo. Now we're in Atwater Village (our anchor), Century City, Pershing Square and BofA Plaza Downtown.
We plan to be one of the few places that stays true to barbecue because it's our passion as you can tell by my blog post earlier this month.
We are opening our first restaurant in downtown Los Angeles at the Medallion. Initially we thought we had enough funding to finish out the project but we're finding that may not be the case anymore. The kitchen will be completed with no problems, it's the front of the house we need funding for. We want to make sure we're able to open by the end of April as planned.
Smoked PastramiSmoked Pastrami
The space has already been designed by Kevin Tsai Architecture firm and the smoker has been selected but there is a lot that needs to happen before the doors will open. We plan for this to be the flagship of at least four more restuarants so we plan to be really hands on and big PIMA's (pain in my a$$) throughout the project so we can learn as much as possible for the next location,
Saucy RibsSaucy Ribs
The lease is signed the deposit is made and paperwork is underway and we want to make sure that everything doesn't come to a halt because we ran short of funds.
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Update 8
19 months ago
Hey All. Starting to send out the rewards from our campaign. For those of you who chose the rub let me know which one otherwise you get what I send ja.

For my out of state and far away folks who donated at the food level. We want to send you something so let me know what we can do in lieu of food.
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Update 7
22 months ago
You all have been fantastic through all of this. And you never cease to amaze me. To give you a thorough update would take way to long and a lot of alcohol.

But the short and dirty of it is that the restaurant downtown is not going to happen. After much back and for the landlord offered us an out and we took it. At the time he said he would return our monies and let us walk away. Well we walked away and we're still waiting.

Since then we've been on the hunt for a location. There were two locations in Long Beach that didn't pan out. The guy that turned us down on the second one is still trying to sell. So sad for him. Well then we tried for a spot in Norwalk. At escrow closing owner said he didn't want us lighting fires so that cost us $2,000 in canceled escrow fees.

Finally we came upon another spot in Long Beach in a residential neighborhood. It's currently an Italian bakery. The bakery owner said we had to get approval from the landlord. After a short conversation we found out the owner was a fan and knew who we were.

Short story even shorter, we close on our location on Friday and will soon give birth to Bigmista's Barbecue & Sammich Shop. And since it is a bakery, we plan to come up with a signature bread that is unique to our spot and to barbecue.

For all of you who have contributed we understand that this is not what you had envisioned for us and we are more that happy to return anyone's money once we get up and running or the previous place returns our funds, whichever comes first.

We plan to have a soft opening maybe next week and we're going to be in operation while we turn the place into our own thing.

As usual we couldn't have done this without you. I wish you all success in every endeavor and all my love.
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Update 6
30 months ago
$70 more and we will have reached 70% of our goal. We are still chugging along though. Our plan check is done. Our industrial waste app is done. The building a safety portion is done and our app with the Bureau of Engineering will be done this week. We're planning that by the end of this week we will have RFP's going out so we can start construction. REAL. GOOD. MEAT. is getting closer and closer. We thank you for your continued support.
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Update 5
30 months ago
Why did no one tell us about all the fees involved with this venture. Plan check fee, health department fee, waste mgmt fee, bureau of engineering fee. This is definitely a learning experience.
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Marek Minecki
21 months ago

Yeah, where in Long Beach... in the North East the only Italian bakery is Ferraro's and that would be a great location.

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Kerry Wagoner
22 months ago

where exactly in Long Beach will this bbq be located? address please...

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Juan Mata
30 months ago

best wishes brother!!!! im building a bbq place here in guadalajara mexico and i have come to the same money problem as you!!!! but i have faith and you inspire me to keep on trucking along!!!!! be blessed adios amigo and best wishes!!!!

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Carl Bailey
30 months ago

All the best!

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$16,176 of $20k goal

Raised by 102 people in 31 months
Created February 5, 2014
Neil Bigmista Strawder     Business   LONG BEACH, CA
$10
BBQ Sammie
Get a free sandwich of your choice - pulled pork, brisket, turkey or pastrami. Just come to the restaurant or visit one of the farmers market locations.
$35
Rib Rack
Get a whole rack of ribs cut or uncut. Just come to the restaurant or visit one of the farmers market locations.
$60
Pulled Pork
Get a pulled pork meal to feed 2-4 people with 3 traditional side dishes. Just come to the restaurant or visit one of the farmers market locations.
$100
Ribs & Links
Get a rib and hot link meal for 2-4 people with 3 traditional side dishes. Just come to the restaurant or visit one of the farmers market locations.
$200
Brisket & Pork
4 of 5 left
Get a brisket and pulled pork meal for 4-6 with 4 traditional side dishes. Just come to the restaurant or visit one of the farmers market locations.
$300
Brisket/Pastram
4 of 5 left
Get a brisket and pastrami meal for 6-8 with 3 traditional & 1 premium side dishes. Just come to the restaurant. Must notify 3 days before visit.
$25
Signature Rub
Get your choice of any one of Bigmista's signature rubs - Bitchin' Beef, Chicken Scratch or Perfect Pork.
$30
Signed Book
Get a copy of Bigmista's Cookbook. The Secret to Her Heart. It's not just recipes either. Learn a few tips about what to keep in the kitchen and read about some
$50
Silver Rub Pkg
Get your choice of any two (2) Bigmista's signature rubs - Bitchin' Beef, Chicken Scratch or Perfect Pork.
$75
Gold Rub Packag
Get a trio package of Bigmista's signature rubs - Btichin' Beef, Chicken Scratch & Perfect Pork.
$150
Rub Pkg & Tee
Get a trio package of Bigmista's signature rubs - Bitchin' Beef, Chicken Scratch or Perfect Pork - and screened T-shirt.
$500
Rib Fest
6 of 10 left
Receive an invite to our private pre-opening + an all you can eat rib fest for you and 4 friends at the restaurant + a thank you and a BIG SMOOCH.
$750
Your Sammie
2 of 4 left
Be immortalized on our menu. Have a sandwich named after you (no company names please), an invite to our private pre-opening, a thank you and BIG SMOOCH.
$1,000
Bigmista Angel
4 of 5 left
Become one of Bigmista's Angels on our donor cherub wall, an invite to our private pre-opening party, a thank you and BIG SMOOCH.
$5,000
Owner Donor
2 of 3 left
Receive 2 pts in the restaurant (details after pledge), an invite to private pre-opening, a thank you and BIG SMOOCH.
$750
Anonymous
19 months ago
AA
$7
Arianna "ST" Armstrong
20 months ago (Monthly Donation)
AA
$7
Arianna "ST" Armstrong
21 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$30
Anonymous
22 months ago
TJ
$300
Tom Jenkins
22 months ago
$25
Desiree Beyea
22 months ago

I am sorry that you had to pay fees through no fault of your own - I am excited that you will still have a place. We believe in you and are happy to continue helping you achieve your dream!

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TC
$10
TONY CHEN
22 months ago
AA
$7
Arianna "ST" Armstrong
22 months ago (Monthly Donation)
AA
$7
Arianna "ST" Armstrong
23 months ago (Monthly Donation)
AA
$7
Arianna "ST" Armstrong
25 months ago (Monthly Donation)
Marek Minecki
21 months ago

Yeah, where in Long Beach... in the North East the only Italian bakery is Ferraro's and that would be a great location.

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Kerry Wagoner
22 months ago

where exactly in Long Beach will this bbq be located? address please...

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Juan Mata
30 months ago

best wishes brother!!!! im building a bbq place here in guadalajara mexico and i have come to the same money problem as you!!!! but i have faith and you inspire me to keep on trucking along!!!!! be blessed adios amigo and best wishes!!!!

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Carl Bailey
30 months ago

All the best!

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