Michelin Star chef hits crowdfunding target for new restaurant in 8 days

Thomas Carr

Thomas Carr

Executive Chef 15th January 2018

Michelin Star chef hits crowdfunding target for new restaurant in 8 days

⁣After launching a campaign on crowdfunding website Kickstarter, North Devon based chef
Thomas Carr has reached his target after just 8 days. The new restaurant will now open in
Ilfracombe, named Thomas Carr Seafood & Grill, and join Thomas’ fine dining restaurant
‘Thomas Carr at the Olive Room’ in the North Devon town.

Recruitment campaigns and work have now started to open the new venue, in the old Lamb
Hotel building on Ilfracombe’s High Street. With a launch event to take place on March 15th.

‘’We hope to be able to get partly open during February, then build up to a full launch with the
event on March 15th’’ said Thomas, ‘’We’ve been blown away by all the support we’ve received.
Not just in the money raised, but also the kind words and support’’. A target of £15,000 was set
and reached, with funds raised now at £17,990. ‘’We don’t want to stop here, the reality of a
new venture like this is it needs a fair amount to get everything up and running. We’re now all
set to open, but to do things the way we’d really like to do them, we want to keep that total
rising’’

In order to keep attracting more backers, the team behind the project have added more
‘rewards’ for backers to choose. Backer’s can choose to pledge anything from £10 - which will
get your name printed on the restaurant’s planned ‘wall of fame’ right up to £8000 - if you’d like
Thomas to cater an event or wedding for 50 guests. The campaign ends on January 27th 2018.

‘’Crowdfunding this way is a win/win scenario all round’’ continued Thomas, ‘’We’ll get well
needed funds towards getting things off the ground, but the backers have all backed rewards
they know are really good value, such as meals at the restaurants and even dinner parties in
their own homes’’. Thomas will be visiting 5 different homes to cook meals for backers and their
guests.