Ursula Brooklyn has to find a new home

 
 
 
Hi!
 
As many of you know, Ursula was opened during the start of the pandemic in September of 2020. Nobody knew what lie ahead in NYC, how it was going to affect the restaurant industry, or how long it would last. So Ursula opened at 724 Sterling Pl in Crown Heights, without a lot of expectations, or knowing if we would make it, but with the hope that we'd at least get to have a little fun, make some good food and provide a few jobs for the year ahead.
 
Since then, we have had the incredible privilege of surviving to the one-and-a-half-year mark and have been even more privileged to be able to continually reinvest in and redistribute resources to, our communities. We've been incredibly lucky to host and help uplift dozens of talented queer chefs and cooks, to host community CSA pick-ups, to raise tens of thousands of dollars for LGBTQ+ organizations like the Ali Forney Center and the Stonewall Foundation. We have worked to support multiple Brooklyn-based food relief operations and with One Fair Wage, to help push forward legislation to create an industry-standard living wage for hospitality workers. More importantly, for a better future of this industry, we've been able to successfully experiment with certain boundaries to protect the mental and physical health of our team, to pay fair wages, and to take time for ourselves, so that we can continue to be of both of service to our community and our customers!
 
We've had a wonderful time bringing New Mexican cuisine to New York City and upholding queer excellence and want to continue being here with you all! However, the unique opportunity we had to open Ursula at 724 Sterling Pl, was always temporary and we need to move to a new location by the end of the year. So, we are asking for your help in making that a possibility!
 
We are currently looking for a new location where we can add indoor dining and keep you all out of the cold and where we can host cute queer events, where we can add a larger menu and expand into dinner service a few nights a week...and ideally, booze!
 
We have the proof of concept, but now we need the capital to sign into a new lease and begin building out the rest of our legacy together. Generally speaking, just to sign a new lease in Brooklyn & the legal fees associated, we need to have at least $35,000 on hand. That's not inclusive of fees for new licenses and permits, build-out costs, liquor license fees, new equipment, furniture, etc.. all of which will likely exceed over $150,000 on the low end, IF! the location we find has any infrastructure, to begin with.

This money will primarily go towards the deposit, legal fees and rent needed to sign a new lease before being used towards new equipment needs and renovations. 
 
We welcome any helpful resources or services that would assist in this relocation and if you are unable to donate, please consider sharing. Thank you!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you for your support! 

Fundraiser organized by Ursula founder, Eric See, Brooklyn, NY
 
 
 
  • Megan Koptchev 
    • $81 
    • 10 d
  • Jack Flintermann 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
  • Austin Riggs 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
  • Gabrielle Domingo 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
  • Paul Carter 
    • $20 
    • 1 mo
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Organizer

Eric See 
Organizer
Brooklyn, NY