10 Days to go on our project and we're 25% funded. This project has been a rewarding collaboration between friends and its been amazing to see who has made videos, pledged, and helped spread the word. We still have a ways to go, but the experience thus far has been...fulfilling.
Everyday we're updating the project with new videos from friends and our extended family talking about why theyre backing our project. In some cases its a famous chef, in other cases its a farmer, or just a regular customer. Today's video features Victor Alvarado.
Vic and I used to be Hapa Ramen. 2 of us. We had no idea what we were doing, We worked 16 hour days 7 days a week for months. He was a brand new cook back then, and I raked him over the coals every day. He was tenacious, exceedingly positive, and turned into a different person during the course of that first year. Then he headed off to my alma mater, Nopa to work the grill, slug out 500 cover services, and be a part of one of the greatest kitchens in San Francisco.
And now he's coming back to us to help open Hapa.
Check out his video and the others, spread the word, and pledge if you can. Every dollar counts.
Also, he can skate like a maniac.
Two years and change into the life of Hapa Ramen, and we are nearing completion on our tiny little noodle shop. My first restaurant. The culmination of all those days of slinging noodles in the rain, hauling stoves and stock pots around, and hustling as hard as we could to feed the masses. Hapa has been without a doubt the most difficult thing that I've ever done in my life. But with all of the trials and tribulations has come some of the greatest rewards. The people I've met and worked with, the guests that we have fed...it's been life changing. So now linecook reader, I ask for your support. If this blog has meant anything to you, or helped you along the way, then please share the link or support our kick starter campaign to help us make our restaurants kitchen come alive. The past two years have been murder on our equipment, and with your support we can upgrade and start phase 2 of Hapa's young life. Any little bit helps, be it a retweet, or a pledge. Thanks. Richie Nakano