It took me a while to start this GoFundMe Page. It didn’t feel appropriate to ask for help when so many are affected by this global crisis. But many of you, members of our community, reminded me that what we do at Gourmet Kitchen matters to so many. Indeed, I have received countless heartfelt messages of support, and our team has been showing so much solidarity and care. This is reason enough to fight and keep our restaurant alive and it is my responsibility to voice our needs and allow our community to help because we really need you today and won’t make it without your support.
This month of May marks our 5th year anniversary since our opening in 2015 and I speak on behalf of myself and my teammates when I say how proud we are of what we’ve accomplished. In five years of business, we have built an incredible community of kind-hearted humans who share the same interests of well balanced and tasty food when going out to eat, or getting it delivered on the comfort of their home.
Our team has grown to become a family and we have worked tirelessly to improve our services. We have so much more to give. This 5th year anniversary cannot be the last one and we will do all we can to keep our doors open for years to come.
Today, we need you because our business was greatly impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown. We lost 80% of our revenue and I have no visibility as to when we might be able to re-open and what our revenue will look like then. We still on business for deliveries and takeout, but still not enough to keep us up, unfortunately.
I have applied for several grants for women owned businesses but haven’t heard anything back. Everyone is overwhelmed... I am trying to navigate the loan options that the government is offering; the application process is confusing and even if we receive disaster loans, most of the funding will need to be paid back with interest. I already have high monthly payments on existing loans and cannot afford to add another one, especially without any indication we can re-open soon or generate meaningful income to pay them off.
All of this is scary and as more time goes by without any solid solution at sight, the stress increases on the business and on our team. That’s why, like so many small business owners, we are using this fundraising campaign as an additional effort to support the restaurant and our staff.
The funds from this campaign will help us weather this storm, support our teammates in need and ensure we can reopen our doors with our full team in place.
Can you help us by donating any amount?
No amount is too small and we would be eternally grateful for your support. If not, there are other ways to support us:
*Share this campaign with your friends and family, particularly anyone who has visited Gourmet Kitchen or has a vested interest in supporting oir business.
*Follow us on social media and share our donation campaign with your friends and community in a story or post. Share on Instagram or Facebook and add the donation link in your bio or post so people can help www.gourmetfit.net
*Share the link to this GoFundMe with influential people in media or community relations whom you believe might be able to make a difference.
*Buy a gift card on our website
*Sign up to our newsletter
Thank you for these past five years. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your lives. And, despite it all, we have hope that this shall pass and we will grow stronger from it.
I hope you and your family are safe and healthy. This is the most important of all.
Rafaela & Gourmet Kitchen Team
- Guido Moreira
- Theresa Ferraioli
- Tatiana Kirpina
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