Thursday, May 28, 2015

Rooster Soup Co. pulls in nearly $180k

The philanthropic soup restaurant's next step is finding a location - ideally one with plenty of lunch traffic.

Rooster Soup Co. pulls in nearly $180k

Pastramen, one of the dishes being cooked up for Rooster Soup Co.
Pastramen, one of the dishes being cooked up for Rooster Soup Co.

Rooster Soup Co.'s Kickstarter campaign wrapped over the weekend, and the philanthropic soup restaurant has pulled in nearly $180,000 of the projected $250,000 cost of opening.

Its next step is finding a location - ideally one with plenty of lunch traffic- and coming up with the remaining $70,000. Organizers would like to open in mid-2015.

Rooster's raison d'etre will be funding Broad Street Ministry's Hospitality Collaborative. The campaign's organizer, the crew from Federal Donuts, will make soup from its previously discarded chicken backs. One hundred percent of profits are earmarked for charity.

The Kickstarter had met its $150,000 goal but kept going in a bid to raise $200,000 by Saturday, July 26.

The total was $179,380 - meaning that three CookNSolo Restaurants associates will not have to fulfill their promises to get Rooster logo tattoos in solidarity with Broad Street Ministry chef Steve Seibel. 

Broad Street Hospitality Collaborative provide meals, essential services, and community to the most vulnerable Philadelphians.

Federal Donuts' backers are restaurateurs Steve Cook and Mike Solomonov (Zahav, Percy Street Barbecue), along with Tom Henneman and Bob Logue (Bodhi Coffee) and food writer Felicia D'Ambrosio.

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