Gabe Sowder’s first year as chef and owner of Taco Punk was rough.
But Sowder has hope — and thousands of dollars worth of faith in the customers who have kept Taco Punk afloat.
Sowder launched a Kickstarter campaign Wednesday to raise $20,000 by Feb. 22 for his Mexican fast-casual restaurant on East Market Street in the NuLu district. Sowder plans to use the money to build an outdoor eating area and develop a catering operation that he anticipates will push the eatery from uncertainty to profitability.
“We’re not that far away from making it,” he said.
Kickstarter is a crowdsourcing website that serves as a fundraising platform for creative projects. Project owners build pages with information about their work, such as a film, product or restaurant, and ask supporters to donate money. Creators only get the donations if they reach their funding goal by an established deadline. In return, they offer gifts such as vouchers, T-shirts or private parties to donors depending on the amount of their donation.
As of Friday morning, 21 backers have pledged $2,000 to the Taco Punk campaign.
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