Restaurateurs seek funding onlinePush on for Community Oven
Rockland — The former owners of Lily Bistro of Rockland have less than 10 days to raise funds needed to bring their wood oven bakery and pizzeria to the Midcoast.
Bob Krajewski and Lynette Moser opened Lily Bistro in 2008, sourcing local ingredients fresh from the land and sea, and creating a French bistro experience for the locals.
In the fall of 2011, road work began in front of their 421 Main St. establishment. The water system project that was supposed to take two weeks — according to the restaurateurs — stretched into two months, forcing them to make the decision to close the bistro and move back to Boston.
The couple has found a new space in Rockland — Bricks Restaurant at 266 Main St. — but only have a limited time to raise the money. Good friend and owner of The Landings Restaurant and Lounge and Bricks', Kate Miller, proposed the idea a while back, according to Moser. The two plan to lease Bricks from Miller.
Miller said The Landings needs her full-time, so she plans to lease out the space at Bricks.
"It's difficult to get small business loans," said Moser in a phone interview Oct. 7 of the innovative way they are going about getting capital for the business. "Restaurants are a risky business," she added.
Krajewski and Moser have sought the help from kickstarter.com. Since Sept. 26 the Community Oven has been seeking pledges in the hopes of acquiring the $50,000 goal necessary to get the local restaurant off the ground.
Funding breaks down as follows: $20,000 for rent and operating costs for six months; $12,000 for signage; $15,000 for renovations on the current space's dining room; and residual funds for fees for kickstarter, Amazon and kickbacks for all donors that help make this a reality.
"Of the nearly $7,000 we've raised thus far, almost $4,000 has come from former employees," said Moser in a phone interview Oct. 7. She noted she would look to hire any of them back if the capital raising is a success.
Moser said they are ready to take Bricks' in "a different direction." She said they would be open seven days a week, and be open later in the evening to accommodate the night life surrounding that area.
A pledge can be made by visiting the link below. This project will only be funded if at least $50,000 is pledged by Saturday, Oct. 19, at 4:12 p.m.
Kickstarter is an American-based private for-profit company founded in 2009 that provides tools to raise funds for creative projects via crowd funding through its website.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at email@example.com.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.
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