Bob and Lynette Krajewski, the former owners of Lily Bistro, have turned to Kickstarter in an attempt to raise $50,000 to fund the opening of Community Oven, a new wood-oven pizzeria and bakery, at 266 Main St. in Rockland (currently the site of Bricks Restaurant). They only have until Oct. 19 to collect pledges and secure the space. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing campaign, so if they meet their goal, the venture moves forward. If they don't, it will not. After four days, the project has 20 backers and $1,662 pledged.
The Krajewskis operated Lily Bistro on Main Street from 2008 to the fall of 2011, developing a devoted local following and receiving some good press in the Boston Globe. But when the city closed roads in the downtown for what ended up being a two-month water main repair project, the restaurant's business suffered and the Krajewskis were forced to shutter it and move back to Boston.
Here's a video from the Krajewskis explaining their needs and vision:
There are incentives for pledges from $10 to $10,000. Here's a sampling of what you can get:
$10: "A HUGE thank you on the website and Facebook as well as your name on the dedication wall for all the people that supported our project!"
$100: "One of our t-shirts.... Community: a CSB.... this is my piece of the pie. Plus a baguette a week for the year of 2014. A HUGE thank you on the website and Facebook as well as your name on the dedication wall for all the people that supported our project!"
$250: "You and a friend are invited to our pre-opening night dinner party for friends and family! You two get to preview Community, get to meet our wonderful staff, and of course taste our delicious food and drinks! Also a HUGE thank you on the website and Facebook as well as your name on the dedication wall for all the people that supported our project!!"
$10,000: "A guaranteed seat at the restaurant at anytime for the year. This would include Blues Fest and Lobster Fest for a party of 4 or less. One of our t shirts, A loaf of bread each week and of course our undying gratitude."
· Community Oven Kickstarter [Kickstarter]