We are very excited to announce the launch of our kickstarter campaign! We are planning on doing some major renovations to give our space a little face lift. As many of you have realized we have been making little changes in the restaurant over the past year (well since we opened in January of 2011). When we first leased the space, we converted it from a cafe to a full service wood fired pizza restaurant with just over $20,000. We spent many late nights working in the cold to create what now is Girasole. We repurposed doors to make our tables, old roofing to furnish our counter, spent hours searching the rebuilding center for sinks, faucets, scrap wood. Emily taught herself how to mason a stone wall while building a stone wall to enclose the oven and on the face of the fireplace. We took numerous trips to ikea figuring out all our lighting. Pretty much lived in Home Depot. We were constantly covered in paint. Mostly we were exhausted. When we finally opened our doors we had no more then $10 left in the bank. We had a lot of visions and ideas that we couldn't even entertain because of our budget and time frame.
Back in October we renewed our lease for another 3 years. We decided that it was time to turn the space into something we were truly proud of, something that matched the restaurant of our dreams. We started making this possible by breaking down old pallets and nailing them onto our big yellow concrete wall, not an easy task! We took down the kids area (that was causing chaos and being destroyed) and built a pallet stage. We got our liquor license and have been slowing add to our cocktail menu. We recently were an awarded a mini grant for exterior improvements! Which we plan to use for better signage, painting a "Wood Fired Eats" mural, and to fix our exterior lighting.
In order for us to complete the transformation we want, and to appeal to a large variety of community members we need to update our floor-plan. We would like to renovate our space to improve its functionality and incorporate the construction of an actual bar (not our current "bar" made out of the old bathroom door, cut in half and mounted to the counter).
We are very hopeful and excited, along with very nervous to launch our kickstarter campaign. We are asking for $29,000 to cover most of our expenses. If we are able to complete our goal, we will have an amazing space to share with the community and look forward to welcoming many new faces! Thank you for your time and please click on the link and check out our incentives. Every dollar counts!
Our sincerest apologies to any families that have been inconvenienced do to the removal of the Kids Area. We have six children between the two of us under the age of 8 years old. We understand the need for a family friendly restaurant. However the Kids Area created a chaotic atmosphere that extended upon the limits of its walls, making it difficult for others to enjoy their experience. We would like to maintain the family friendly environment and encouraging children to sit at the table by offering a basket of coloring books, crayons, coloring pages and educational toys. In place of the Kids Area we will be building a small stage for everyone to enjoy! Thank you for your continued support as we make this transition to appeal to a broader range of community members.
Brittany & Emily