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  1. 1. So my question is, if I opened a free from cafe with a crowd funder for help with the initial outlay do you think the support is there to raise enough to get a free from cafe up and running?


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You may be able to raise the money to start it, but the issue would be could you stay in business? All restaurants have a difficult time staying in business, and if you eliminate 80% of the population and focus on 10 to 20% of the population it might be even tougher. I think the Café would have to have food that would cross over and be good enough for those who are not gluten-free, or allergy free.

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It is extremely hard to run a Dedicated Gluten Free business in the food industry. If you do decide to do it you need to have your focus elsewhere to get customers. I started doing gluten free baked goods at farmers markets and more then 3/4 of everyone scuffed at it and said "I like my gluten" etc. literally making fun of the diet and not even trying the baked good samples. After rebranding as "Paleo" a few years ago people that generally try a sample will buy some. If someone says they are gluten free or diabetic...I get a good smile and admit I am a celiac  and can not have carbs so all my food is gluten free and keto. I am getting by now with most my sells at farmers markets, and online orders with curbside delivery and it really only peaks March-October then I am lucky to get even a few orders in the off season.

Crowd Funding...it is a joke, I tried it, I also tried various other sources to raise the money and not even banks would give money for it without significant injection funds. My plan was to launch a Food Truck so that I could go where I could sell since having a B&M would require you to get land in a spot where your food would sell.  I almost secured a investor for my injection fund with a local car dealership by offering discounts on bookings/foods and advertisement on said food truck. But they backed out when it came time to give the money. My local health inspector also changed some rules so you can not operator a food truck without a B&M commissary kitchen....and that would also have to gluten, corn, and dairy free for me to work in lol so I would need to build my own commercial kitchen...then he said you had to be able to house your truck inside.

With current market the best route seems to be set up and build out a commercial kitchen for your business (I am looking at a metal building and building it on cheap land right outside of the city) Then set up with the local food delivery people like Door Dash etc (we have our own here) so people can find and order and you just have a drive pick it up and do not need to worry about a "front of house" and just the kitchen.

I might suggest you test your local market....get a vendor tent at local festivals and farmers markets. Get some NSF equipment and run cords and folding tables for your "kitchen" and get good cold storage, and hot holding like warmers. Test your menu, gain a following,  see what sales. Heck you might even net a investor or gain enough to launch this way.

 

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I live in a town with a dedicated gluten free restaurant and I can't tell you how nice it is to go out to eat and not have to ask any questions.  Everything is gluten free.  My kids don't have to be gluten free and they all love the food.  It's my 16 year olds favorite restaurant.

They've been open for a number of years, since before I was diagnosed in 2014 and are true only dedicated gluten free restaurant where I live.

I'm not saying it would be easy, from what I hear the restaurant business is hard, but I love that I have this option!

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