Keep Cassava Open on Balboa Street!

UPDATE 4.17.17 3:45pm:
Thank you all for your support! After 1 month, we were able to meet the goal and more!
We are closing the campaign for the membership as of today, but we'll leave this page open as something to remember in the years to come :-)

So that people that are recently finding out about this offer, we'll leave the gift certificate deals on the page.

Please look forward to GoFundMe contributor only invitations on our upcoming dinner events. The first one we are planning is a sake pairing dinner in May!

Please don't hesitate to use the gift certificates or discounts :-) We love seeing you all in here and every time we get to say hello to you personally it's always so special.

Thank you for the most amazing month in our memory and we are more committed than ever to work harder and do good for the community!

Kris, Yuka and the Cassava Team
We want to remind all of our friends that our weekday breakfast & lunch has a fantastic menu, and if you visit us during the Sunday & Monday  dinner service it'll be a more relaxing experience with same great menu that includes 4 course tasting menu for $42/guest. 

We need a steady flow of business to get us pass this hurdle and for that, we would love your support during the off-peak time, as well as our weekend services!

Many of the gift cards rewards have been sent by emails the last couple of days and we are getting to the membership cards the next few days. Thank you so much for allowing us the time to catch up :-)

If you plan to visit us soon (and it'll be so awesome if you do!), please put a note in your reservation of your contribution so that the discounts can be applied at the table. If you visit us during the weekday cafe time, please let the cashier staff know and we can apply the discounts on your checks.

If you need them right away to visit us (yay!) or to let's say submit to school auctions, please send us a direct message. Please know that the gift certificates come in smaller values that total to the reward amount, and we ask you to use one ticket per visit so that we can control our cash flow. If you needed a specific amount for certain reasons, please let us know of that in the email as well!
Cassava just celebrated its 5 year anniversary on March 5, 2017 on Balboa Street in Outer Richmond, San Francisco.  We have to say it's been the best 5 years of our life, as this very first business of ours has blessed us with so many amazing, caring friends and beautiful life moments.

Cassava has also created a thriving community on our strip that our neighbors are always generous to give us compliments for.  We are always humbled when we can contribute to our neighborhood schools.  We'll never forget when one of our neighborhood guests came and shook our hands and said, "you have improved the quality of my life."

As you might have seen, we started Cassava as a tiny 450 sqft space with only 3 tables inside in 2012. Every year since then, we've added and improved to the full service restaurant that's now standing.  The space itself never held a restaurant of this capacity, so it has always been the main challenge for us to keep up with the growing business that we have been blessed with.

To finance the growth, we've taken on debts in many stages. As we've performed leasehold improvements the debt has increased and now it takes a significant amount of our cashflow for its repayment. Last 6 months or so (possibly from election time) we've been experiencing a slower time and now we are completely strapped for cash and facing the biggest challenge of Cassava's 5 years to stay in business.

It is devastating to think we won't be part of this business that we grew from scratch. That the space becomes empty on Balboa street and that so many of our neighborhood guests that come throughout the week won't have their go-to place, so we are doing everything we can to keep it going.  

We need to start injecting cash into the business immediately for us to stay open this month and next month.  This $50k will get us through the slower time.  We would love your help and we are so thankful you took a look at our campaign! 

Love humbly from Kris, Yuka and the entire Cassava team.
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Yuka Ioroi
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