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just/us: A Chef Collective

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Raised by 41 people in 12 months
Hi everyone!

My name's Nate and unfortunately, I'm in the restaurant industry. It's an overly difficult and unpredictable industry with low pay, a lot stress, and a lot of hours. It's a sacrifice for a lot of people and it can go unappreciated.

That's why I want to help change the industry. Just/us is going to be a chef owned and operated restaurant in Saint Paul that will offer an often changing prie-fixe menu, priced for those who want to experience fine dining food in a casual and approachable environment. And finally, all of the chefs operate and get a portion of the profits from the restaurant.

But I can't do this alone. While I'm getting my business plan and SBA loans together, I need your help.

Welcome to the just/us league.
www.justusmn.com
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For the next two weeks, just/us is closed for dinner service and WIDE OPEN for lunch! We'll be slingin' quite possibly the best burgers this side of the river probably.

I know what you're all thinking... "I thought just/us was a super fancy new fine dining dinner spot, what's happening I'm so confuseddd??!??!!!" While only PARTS of that are true... we wanted to figure out a way to get to know our neighbors (at an even more accessible price point) in the weeks leading up to our official grand opening. What better way to do this than BURGERS? Burgers bring people together. Burgers turn friends into family, neighbors into best buds, strangers into lovers... You get the idea. Come on in for lunch next week and get to know us! Who knows, if this goes well we might just become a burger joint! Not terribly attached to the original business plan.

tl;dr: BURGERS, just/us, COME.

MENU ------------------------------------------------------------------------

BURGER OF THE DAY(S):

GOUDA MORNING SUNSHINE $8.00
- gouda cheese
- arugula
- sunny side up egg
- caramelized onions
- maple/sage compound butter

REGULAR BURGER $7.00
- american cheese foam
- house pickles
- smoked tomato aioli

+add pork belly for $3.00
+add fries for $3.00

SIDE OF FRIES $4.00
(fries come with side of roasted garlic lemon aioli and are tossed in your choice of bacon powder or herb powder)

SOFT DRINKS $2.00

ALL PATTIES MADE FROM PASTURE ONE 100% GRASS FED/GRASS FINISHED BEEF. HAPPY COWS MAKE HAPPY BURGERS. rest in peas moolissa, we know you're in a better place.
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Hey all! We'll be doing our first soft opening this Saturday and likely the following weekend's after that. I don't have my reservation service fully up and running yet so if you're interested in cashing in your free soft opening chip, let me know! You'll eat for free, but your friends will have to pay $65 plus service charge.
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It's been almost a month, but here we go.

We're super close to being open, not only to your support, but to those who have also volunteered their time to helping us out. It's all starting to come together. While I haven't received the bank financing I thought I would get (hooray learning experiences!), I've acquired other funding options to make this thing work.

I won't lie, the margins are tight, and it will definitely come down to the wire, and that's why I want your help.

Share this with your friends, family, dogs, or whomever. There's definitely some benefits to donating. We're in the space and we'll make this work no matter what. But you can make just/us history by donating to our success and being immortalized in our establishment either on our wall, on our site, or even beyond that. We still have some tricks up our sleeves.

We appreciate and love all of you, for your time and effort. Spread the word. Dope shit's comin' to St. Paul. Be prepared.
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HOLY SATAN'S SANDWICHES GUYS

I actually am in the spot now. I've been spending the last week and a half cleaning and I'd say we're about a third of the way done.

In other news, I've gotten approved for about half of my funding so I've been starting to purchase the necessary equipment and such. Hopefully I'll get the rest of my funding, but your help had certainly made this whole thing easier.

That said, I'm hoping that we'll be able to start soft openings in about 3 weeks, and open mid February briefly then full swing in mid March. I'll post more about it as we get closer. Be sure to check out the menu on www.justusmn.com. You can also see your name up on the just/us league part of the site too, if that's something you fancy.

Please keep sharing the link and getting people excited. This is a very ambitious project, and our success with only happen because of your support. Soon we'll get there first mural up in the spot. Pics will be posted when that happens.

Thanks all!
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