Chef Josh and business partner Susan Hunt have an interesting venture going on to raise money for a new barbecue operation.
They’re asking 1,000 friends to donate $40 to the business. In return, donors will get $75 in "piggy bucks" to redeem on food at the eatery when it opens. If the goal isn’t met, people will get their money returned, Josh said on the phone today.
The deadline for contributions is Thursday. You can view the details on their Facebook page.
In this economic climate, when there are all kinds of home-selling strategies going on, this idea doesn’t seem so strange. But the duo is also pursuing more traditional means of funding, Susan said.
The Memphis-style barbecue place, to be called Pig and the Peach, will be located on Falls Road in Hampden, Josh said. He plans to buy a huge custom concession trailer that he can also take to catering events, though he stresses it will be in place 85 percent of the time.
Josh and Susan met through friends, and the two soon began trying to figure out how to get a restaurant off the ground. "Josh is a brilliant cook and has a great reputation," said Susan, who has a full-time public-relations job and is the single mother of two kids, ages 12 and 14.
"I think we’re going to make a good team," she added. "I’m pragmatic and he has the innate vision."