Having more than met the goals of their $10,000 Kickstarter campaign, word is that the Bona Sera Cafe, the brick and mortar Ypsi offshoot of the successful Bona Sera Supper Club, will be open for business as early as next week, on the ground floor of the historic Kresge building, at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and North Washington Street.
While a good number of their donations thus far, via Kickstarter, have been relatively small, I think it’s interesting to note that several people have donated considerable amounts. Here’s the breakdown thus far… 11 at the $5 level, 19 at $25, 7 at $50, 11 at $100, 13 at $150, 3 at $500, and 3 at $1,000 or more. While I imagine that some of those larger donations are from well-off board members of non-profits that have personally benefitted from the chartable activities of the Bona Sera Supper Club, I think it’s still an encouraging sign for entrepreneurs looking for seed capital to open businesses in Ypsilanti. At least, if I were a food entrepreneur thinking of opening a business in town, I’d take note.
If this project sounds familiar, you may recall that I interviewed the women behind Bona Sera a few months ago, on the occasion of their being awarded a $1,000 grant from the A2Awesome Foundation to get the Cafe project off the ground.
And, here, if you haven’t seen it, is their Kickstarter video… If you’d like to contribute, you still have a day or so to do it. Just click here.