Taco Punk's Kickstarter Expansion Project failed to meet its $20,000 goal by its 3:16 p.m. deadline today. Consequently the NuLu quick service, gourmet taco shop will receive none of the $9,856 that 105 people pledged to its fundraising drive.
A message was left with a Taco Punk staffer for chef and owner Gabe Sowder at 3:24 p.m. This article will be updated should he respond.
Earlier Sowder told WFPL that should his Kickstarter campaign fail, "he will have to have some 'meaningful conversations' to decide if he should continue to operate at a loss, change his business model or close the restaurant."
105 people donated to the private business's Kickstarter campaign: the alms for the Punk averaged $93.87 per benefactor. The largest offerings were in the $1,000-$1,499 range, of which there were three. Nine people chipped in five bucks, the smallest amount acknowledged on the site. The most common amount contributed was in the $20-$49 range (28 people).
Had Taco Punk's Kickstarter campaign succeeded, Sowder said the $20,000 would have been allocated to "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."
[Photo: Courtesy Kickstarter]