Save the Brooklyn House Restaurant
It is clear to us, given the outpouring of support, that we have succeeded. But starting a grassroots restaurant from scratch without any financial backing is dicey, and operating a business with sincere ethics is expensive. It has been a daily struggle that just threw us an unexpected glitch while we were trying to improve the customer experience.
On Sunday, June 7th, we closed for the day to undertake the enormous project of taking out our carpet and refurbishing the original hardwood. We did this because of the overwhelming requests by our guests to replace the old carpet. We turned people away all day on Sunday (losing revenues), spent hundreds of dollars on materials, and worked in 95 degree heat for three straight days to sand, polish and clean. Then, a bucket of linseed oil spontaneously combusted and set our entire front porch on fire.
Now, we are losing more revenues because we cannot open and without local support we don’t know when we will be able to.
Here are our need and what your support will mean to this small, local and sustainable restaurant at each goal we achieve through this fundraising effort:
$ 5,000.00 - reopen the doors of Brooklyn House.
$ 9,000.00 – above+ help with the construction to create a warm environment to make your dining experience better
$15,700.00 – above+ replace our outdated and previously owned refrigerator and freezer
$18,700.00 – above+ replace our rotten wooden counters to be replaced with industry standard tables
$25,000.00 – above+ help us replace the old equipment in the kitchen
$32,000.00 – above+ hire a new chef and develop and even more impressive farm to table restaurant for our community
$50,000.00 – all of the above and help us get to a point that we are able to stay open and ensure we can pay back some of our debt to build a long-standing restaurant.
About Brooklyn House:
We are more than a staff of people; we are a family that has developed over the course of 14 years. We have stayed strong for each other through the tough stuff and celebrated with each other through the great stuff. We work together as a cohesive team reaching for a common goal: nourishing our guests, our community and our earth. This restaurant exists to provide a true farm-to-table experience for a fair price so all may enjoy a good meal without breaking the bank.
We are a part of the Brooklyn neighborhood and we are so grateful to have such a strong network of awesome people. Our neighbors have become some of our closest friends and our biggest supporters, and we are ecstatic to offer a comfortable place for our friends to feel at home.
Sustainability has many components often left unnoticed. We are committed to providing a sustainable work environment to ensure that our crew can have full, healthy lives. We are committed to providing sustainable prices and nourishing foods for our guests to ensure that people can come again and again without feeling guilty. We are planning for the future of what we have right now, rather than thinking about what we move on to next.
We understand that everyone does better when EVERYONE does better. We are committed to purchasing what we need from the folks around us, because we truly believe that will make the world around us a better place. We proudly present some of the businesses that are making this possible.
Wednesday, September 23rd at 5:00
we will open our brand new door to serve you dinner in our freshly cleaned dining room.
We are opening as a dinner restaurant only for now, as lunch was too much of a strain on our tiny staff. We are considering the best way to extend our hours in the future. But for now, our hours will be:
WEDNESDAY thru SUNDAY, 5:00 to 10:00
We are so, so excited to show you all the house. The floors have been re-sanded and finished, so we will be showing off our original 1920's hardwood floors, complete with hardwood ply boards that show the beautiful grain of epic old trees.
The house has been painted for the first time in decades, the railings have been replaced with gorgeous cedar and the whole house is being cleaned from top to bottom as I write this.
Of course you all know that insurance is a slow moving process, and in this case, we are patiently awaiting a check to purchase food so we can start working on our new menu. This is a complicated process, though, and it is important to note that we are incredibly grateful to our insurance company for taking care of us through this whole ordeal. I have faith that we will have some funds by the weekend so we can make it to the market.
All that said, we are chomping at the bit to get our kitchen filled with farm-fresh foods and to create a new menu that celebrates fall. We will send it out to you as soon as we finish. Fair warning, that could very well be the morning of the 23rd…..(:
We did have a little money in our account last week that we were able to put to good use at Sauvie Island Farm. We picked for about an hour and got a glorious wagon full of food. Since then, Chef has been fire roasting a variety of peppers, tomatoes and corn to vacuum seal for winter. We also have delicata squash and golden raspberries to enjoy. They are closed to the public for the season, but they love us and said we could arrange a time to come back for cabbages. Our farmers are the best!
We recently updated our blog for folks who don't know what's been going on the past few months, or for those who would like a refresher.
Thanks to all of you for donating to the campaign, for following our stories and for waiting so patiently to enjoy our food again.
Love, The Brooklyn Crew
Construction has finally begun, and we are so so so so excited. We still haven't gotten a specific timeline estimate, but we have been told that once construction begins it goes very quickly. We have a tentative opening date in mind, but we aren't going to release it until we feel more confident.
Thank you all again for your amazing support. We've said it before, but we'll say it again…..we wouldn't have been able to reopen if it weren't for all of you. Every single donation counted; every single dollar worked to keep us afloat while we waited for the insurance to kick it. Many businesses close in the face of such hardships, but ours has survived. Thank you for participating in our success.
We'll update you as soon as we have more news. Until then, rest easy knowing we'll open our doors again soon.
Love, The Brooklyn Crew
We thought we should let you know that we FINALLY got some much needed financial relief from our insurance company. We've been able to pay all of our bills, rent and payroll, which means that we are not falling behind while we are closed. Right now, that means the world to us.
We still don't have a time estimate for reopening, but the ball is most definitely rolling. The process of redesigning and permitting the project is not a slow one. But we have complete faith that when we do finally get our doors open again, our adoring fans will waiting on the other side to greet us.
While we wait, we will be working on creating a new menu for fall (which will still include everyone's favorite dishes, of course:) and deciding what we can do to give the rest of the restaurant some tender loving care.
Thank you all for your patience during this temporary closure, and thank you for following our progress. It feels so good to know that you are all rooting for us. We can't wait to thank you in person.
In the meantime, we're getting some much needed time with our loved ones. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade with your family!!
We found out yesterday that when they did the demolition, they discovered a whole lot more work than they had anticipated. So much more work, in fact, that they told us the project will take several weeks longer than anticipated. They hadn't actually given us a time estimate to begin with, but now we are guessing that it's probably going to be September before we can open again.
Also, we STILL have not seen any financial help from our insurance company, though we are assured they are "working on it". At this point, we have utilized your generous donations to make three payrolsl and pay many bills. If it hadn't been for all of you donating to this campaign.....well, let's not think about that, because it would have been really really bad.
More and more each day we realize the gravity of your donations. They have been the glue holding us together, the life line pulling us out of shark-infested waters. To put it bluntly, they are the reason we haven't given up and closed our doors for good. Thank you all for being here for us. We can't wait to reopen and show you how grateful we are.
We are so excited for you. We have friends arriving from Canada on the 23rd to enjoy our beautiful state for a week so we will make plans to stop in!
Just a suggestion. You might want to use a different or additional photo on your go fund me page. It's hard to tell what that is a picture of. Even an older picture of the front of the restaurant as it was might draw people in more.