Keep Cassava Open on Balboa Street!

$44,164 of $50k goal

Raised by 266 people in 13 days
UPDATE 3.24.17 10:35pm:
Thank you everybody for the amazing support so far and thank you all that visited us since the campaign went live in support as well! We apologize to guests that came in support on Wednesday night that we couldn't seat as we experienced a great turn out.

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 :-)

FOR DISCOUNTS BASED REWARDS:
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.

FOR GIFT CERTIFICATES REWARDS:
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!
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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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Update 6
Posted by Yuka Ioroi
4 days ago
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We are almost at 85% of our goal amount and we are still striving to get there to give Cassava a better financial shape! Thank you for keeping the story alive by sharing on the media :-)

Thank you everybody for the amazing support so far and thank you all that visited us since the campaign went live in support as well! We apologize to guests that came in support on Wednesday night that we couldn't seat as we experienced a great turn out.

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 :-)

FOR DISCOUNTS BASED REWARDS:
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.

FOR GIFT CERTIFICATES REWARDS:
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!
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Update 5
Posted by Yuka Ioroi
9 days ago
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Thank you everybody for the amazing support so far and thank you all that visited us this weekend in support as well! We apologize to guests that came in support this weekend that we couldn't seat during peak hours.

We want to remind all of our friends that our weekday breakfast & lunch has a fantastic menu, and if you visit us during the weekday dinner service it'll be a more relaxing experience with same great menu that includes 4 course tasting menu for $42/guest. In particular Wednesday night is fantastic as we have 1/2 off wine bottle price "Wine Wednesday".

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!

FOR DISCOUNTS BASED REWARDS:
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.

FOR GIFT CERTIFICATES REWARDS:
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!
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Update 4
Posted by Yuka Ioroi
11 days ago
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Hello everyone, thank you for your generosity! Also thank you for those who visited the restaurant the last couple of days to show your support, and it was really heartfelt throughout our staff. All of us feel that we've been given a second chance to keep our favorite jobs. We, as operators, can't ask for a better group of people and we are so glad our staff feel that way about working at Cassava.

It's an amazing result in 2 days, but please remember we are still asking for your help to hit the goal. Will you be kind to keep spreading the word, bring your friends and visit our restaurant? It's the weekend and the weather looks fantastic!
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Update 3
Posted by Yuka Ioroi
12 days ago
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I wasn't clear about the gift certificates rewards in my last update, my apologies.
To control our cash flow, the gift certificates will be in smaller values that totals in the reward amount, and we ask you to use one at a time per visit.
Please send me a direct email message through GoFundMe if you have a specific way you wanted the certificates to be divided, for example, to submit to auctions and such.

Thank you so much guys and I will get to all rewards as soon as I can! Please know that you changed lives today.
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Joan Simon
13 days ago
7
7

You wish Chris Lind! It's not as easy as Yuka and Chris make it look. Not sure what you've ever done that has created a sense of community and made other people happy ( if anything) , but they had a specific vision of something special and they achieved it through hard work and sacrifice.

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Desi Danganan
13 days ago
6
6

Cassava has paid it forward by putting the Outer Richmond on the map

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Chris Kraynik
12 days ago
3
3

@Chris Lind, even Marla Bakery from down the street has donated in this campaign. They're not starting their business with this money, they're initiating yet another stage of growth from the tiny little place this business began as... and it's not as if they haven't been working their asses off for five years straight just to get to this point. Walk by any time before, during, or after they're open... no one ever has time to rest at this place, because they've never put out a plate of anything but perfection from day one. Describing this as a handout when they're giving the people who donate gift certificates and/or discounts on future meals is wholly inaccurate.

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Pawel Tomasz Dlugosz
11 days ago
1
1

@Chris - According to your Facebook profile, you're a barista at Bancarella & a server at RISTOBAR. I sincerely hope your employers never find themselves in the danger of going out of business, because clearly you wouldn't be able to stomach if they turned to crowdsourcing ;)

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Amy Sherman
11 days ago
1
1

Ignore the troll. The costs of opening and running a restaurant in San Francisco are astronomic. This is about building a more sustainable business and the legions of supporters and donors understand this and thankfully are doing their part.

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Cem Salur
12 days ago
1
1

God speed -Orson's Belly

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Chris Lind
13 days ago

50k wtf i could start my own business with handouts....wow!

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Suzan Helvaci
5 days ago

We hope these hard times pass by quickly for you guys as I know, by the very first hand, what you might be going through as a small family business owner as myself in Inner Sunset. SF is a great city, with a lot of hardship to do business in, especially for small businesses, however, hopefully hardwork pays off. So best luck to you in this journey!

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$44,164 of $50k goal

Raised by 266 people in 13 days
Created March 15, 2017
GW
$105
Gloria Wilder
3 hours ago

My mom and I love having being able to walk to your wonderful restaurant. Thank you Yuka and Eric for all the love you put into the meals!

JT
$105
Jessica Tecson
13 hours ago
NG
$150
Nate Gabriel
16 hours ago

keep it going!! all my best!

TR
$100
Thomas Robson
2 days ago

Kris & Yuka, Visiting from North Carolina, having dined at your fine establishment three times and hopes of more on the horizon, I feel strongly that Cassava is a true gem of the SF dining scene and I am always spreading your name to people. I certainly wish I could contribute more but due to being unemployed, $100 is about all I can contribute at the moment. The both of you should be so incredibly proud, not only is the food absolutely delicious and menu terrific, but you truly value each and every person that walks through your doors and that is something that gets very lost in today's age. I believe strongly in giving business to not just a truly great product but even more so a great product with genuinely great people behind it. Here's to the both of you and the hopes of a continual thriving of Cassava for another 5 years and beyond! Always look forward to coming here, one of my favorite restaurants in all of America! Best wishes!

$250
Anonymous
3 days ago
$250
Anonymous
3 days ago
LO
$105
Leslie Owyang-Chin
3 days ago

Thanks for the good food all these years! Good job!

AT
$250
Anna Tran
3 days ago

The spiced honey latte has fueled me for years!!

MS
$250
Michael Scahill
3 days ago
JT
$105
Jackie Thoms
3 days ago
Joan Simon
13 days ago
7
7

You wish Chris Lind! It's not as easy as Yuka and Chris make it look. Not sure what you've ever done that has created a sense of community and made other people happy ( if anything) , but they had a specific vision of something special and they achieved it through hard work and sacrifice.

+ Read More
Desi Danganan
13 days ago
6
6

Cassava has paid it forward by putting the Outer Richmond on the map

+ Read More
Chris Kraynik
12 days ago
3
3

@Chris Lind, even Marla Bakery from down the street has donated in this campaign. They're not starting their business with this money, they're initiating yet another stage of growth from the tiny little place this business began as... and it's not as if they haven't been working their asses off for five years straight just to get to this point. Walk by any time before, during, or after they're open... no one ever has time to rest at this place, because they've never put out a plate of anything but perfection from day one. Describing this as a handout when they're giving the people who donate gift certificates and/or discounts on future meals is wholly inaccurate.

+ Read More
Pawel Tomasz Dlugosz
11 days ago
1
1

@Chris - According to your Facebook profile, you're a barista at Bancarella & a server at RISTOBAR. I sincerely hope your employers never find themselves in the danger of going out of business, because clearly you wouldn't be able to stomach if they turned to crowdsourcing ;)

+ Read More
Amy Sherman
11 days ago
1
1

Ignore the troll. The costs of opening and running a restaurant in San Francisco are astronomic. This is about building a more sustainable business and the legions of supporters and donors understand this and thankfully are doing their part.

+ Read More
Cem Salur
12 days ago
1
1

God speed -Orson's Belly

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Chris Lind
13 days ago

50k wtf i could start my own business with handouts....wow!

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Suzan Helvaci
5 days ago

We hope these hard times pass by quickly for you guys as I know, by the very first hand, what you might be going through as a small family business owner as myself in Inner Sunset. SF is a great city, with a lot of hardship to do business in, especially for small businesses, however, hopefully hardwork pays off. So best luck to you in this journey!

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