Following the sudden Jan. 11 closure of tourist-and-cholesterol hotspot Lynn’s Paradise Cafe (whose eponymous owner, Lynn Winter, broke her “silence” in a statement published by The Courier-Journal), the taco truck-cum NuLu-based restaurant Taco Punk has fallen on hard times of its own. But instead of revitalizing the menu, offering specials, or consulting with Gordon Ramsay, Taco Punk proprietor Gabe Sowder has undertaken an unorthodox method to sustain his business: Asking for donations!
As reported by the gastronomically omnipresent Eater Louisville blog on Jan. 23:
In an email yesterday addressed to the “Taco Punk family,” the NuLu eatery’s chef and owner, Gabe Sowder, requested $20,000 in donations through a pending Kickstarter campaign.
“We are struggling to keep our doors open,” Sowder wrote. “Although we are asking for $20k, we need every contribution we can get in order for us to survive into our second year. If we do not reach our goal we will be forced to make very undesirable decisions.”
Sowder didn’t specify if one of those “undesirable decisions” would be more unsightly begging.
Sowder said the funds raised would support “developing the capacity of our location to increase sales,” increasing Taco Punk’s catering business, launching a targeted marketing campaign and developing “our side lot into a beautiful alfresco dining and performance space.”
As the Eater Louisville blogger noted, pleading puts the hip, bourgeoisie eatery on par with the likes of the Dare to Care Food Bank, which sounds like the plot for an episode of “Portlandia.”