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Café Mamajuana: Latinx Restaurant & Bodega

Connecting the people of Burlington with Dominican, Afro-Caribbean and Spanish culture by using food as a vessel of tradition & nostalgia.

$2,930
pledged of$30,000 goal
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Project Ends on July 1, 2020

Project Description

  • What is the mission of your company or project?

Our mission is to serve up Latin comfort food, with a side of nostalgia and a fine dose of "sabor". We satisfy all diets & tingle all tastebuds. 

  • Describe the problem you are solving.

Café Mamajuana brings authentic representation to an otherwise monotonous and noninclusive food industry (within Vermont). We will fix this by offering Latinx cuisine that is not only delicious-- but is undeniably authentic. As of now, Vermont is experiencing a Latin Product Shortage. We intend to create a market for these products & be the first to sell predominately Latinx Products in Vermont. 

Our cuisine highlights our histories and DNA. We hope to eliminate the stigma surrounding ethnic restaurants and prove we are capable of excellence, freshness, & aesthetics. The whole "she"-bang. As of now Burlington, Vermont has nothing like what Café Mamajuana intends to offer. 

  • What is the market size/opportunity?

Our Market size is as large as we can grow without compromising our authenticity and direct involvement within our community. We will begin small, local & engaged and hopefully expand to regional markets (once equipt) & continue in excellence there as well.  

  • What is your company/product about and how does it solve the problem? 

Our Company is interested in expressing the intricacies of human DNA by showcasing how a "Dominican Restaurant" is so much more than just one thing. We will connect the people of Burlington with Dominican, Afro-Caribbean, Taino and Spanish culture by using food as a vessel of tradition, nostalgia, and identity. We hope to unpack the intricacies of the Transatlantic Slave Trade & Colonialization by incorporating the flavors they left behind into our dishes and story. We will teach through taste and avoid appropriation through authenticity. 

 

Why are you seeking funding and how will you spend the funding?

We are seeking funding to get this project off the ground and into a proper physical location. We intend to use the funds to build out our location (88 Oak Street in Burlington, VT), restaurant equipment, and a contingency fund. 

  • Who is on your team?

Our team is comprised of myself,  Maria Lara-Bregatta: Owner, Chef & general operator. I will be working in conjunction with a Kitchen Collective affording us access to other Chefs & Industry folks that can help us along our journey and offer sound advice. I also have the honor to work with my father-- Head Chef Luis Lara. He has taught me all I know about food. He raised me in a Dominican Restaurant of his own and has taught me the ropes throughout the years. 

 

A Special thanks to those who lead with an open mind and an open heart. Thank you for listening, thank you for contributing, and thank you for being you! We appreciate your generosity, time and understanding.

Muchas Gracias.

Updates

The Project FAQs

We will answer any questions in a timely manner. Feel free to email Maria@cafemamajuana.com with any questions, comments or concerns. 

Matt, Jesse & Pantomime Mixtures
03/29/2020
ONE HUNDRED THANKS
$100
Julia Watsky
03/28/2020
Monetary Contribution
$20
Joseph
03/27/2020
SHARING IS CARING
$25
IFW COVID-19 Grant
03/25/2020
Monetary Contribution
$100
rebecca rivard-darby
03/23/2020
Monetary Contribution
$50
03/20/2020
Monetary Contribution
$150
03/20/2020
ONE HUNDRED THANKS
$100
Dolan
03/19/2020
ONE HUNDRED THANKS
$100
rebecca rivard-darby
03/19/2020
ONE HUNDRED THANKS
$100
Sofia Philbrick
02/29/2020
Monetary Contribution
$100
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

 

You are appreciated & loved.

13 Supporters
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1,000.00 USD or more
THE OG- Original Gangster

Backers who have donated significant funds are absolutely fundamental to our successes. You help us purchase equiptment, inventory & pay staff.

We will offer you 25% off indefinately. 

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1 Supporter
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5,000.00 USD or more
THE G.O.A.T

The Greatest of All Time. 

Invited to exclusive Café Mamajuana Pre-Opening celebration. 1 day free rental of space. 1 free meal/ week. 

 

A lifetime of accolades and ass-kissing

0 Supporters
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100.00 USD or more
ONE HUNDRED THANKS

Free Café Mamajuana Gear! 1 Free Meal. 

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8 Supporters
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25.00 USD or more
SHARING IS CARING

Free Sticker

11 Supporters
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300.00 USD or more
THE TRIFECTA

1. 1 Free Empanada a Month

2. 1 Free Dessert a Month

3. 1 Free Coffee a Month

1 Supporter
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10,000.00 USD or more
MENU ITEM

1 Menu Item named after you.

Unlimited Free Meals

1 Free cooking class for up to 10 people.

0 Supporters
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

 

You are appreciated & loved.

13 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD or more
THE OG- Original Gangster

Backers who have donated significant funds are absolutely fundamental to our successes. You help us purchase equiptment, inventory & pay staff.

We will offer you 25% off indefinately. 

9 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
5,000.00 USD or more
THE G.O.A.T

The Greatest of All Time. 

Invited to exclusive Café Mamajuana Pre-Opening celebration. 1 day free rental of space. 1 free meal/ week. 

 

A lifetime of accolades and ass-kissing

0 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD or more
ONE HUNDRED THANKS

Free Café Mamajuana Gear! 1 Free Meal. 

992 Left
8 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD or more
SHARING IS CARING

Free Sticker

11 Supporters
Select this reward
300.00 USD or more
THE TRIFECTA

1. 1 Free Empanada a Month

2. 1 Free Dessert a Month

3. 1 Free Coffee a Month

1 Supporter
Select this reward
10,000.00 USD or more
MENU ITEM

1 Menu Item named after you.

Unlimited Free Meals

1 Free cooking class for up to 10 people.

0 Supporters
Select this reward