In order to make this a stable and permanent feature in Slovo, we needed to build a proper kitchen. With mentorship, we can create a business here, with an ethnic restaurant that serves the community on the one hand while at the same time will be able to be a self-sustained business in the long term. This is a project of dreams, to be able to serve the community, feed thousands of people while the need exists, but then become a viable business in the future.
Currently all the buckets, gas, stoves and some of the kitchen staff small salaries are being paid by the Club, sponsors and the man whose vision has catapulted this project, Steve Akester.
We would like to raise R150 000.00 in order to set up the kitchen and make a sustainable community feeding program that will go on after the lockdown.
We would use this money to put in a permanent Stove installation, and additional facilities to make a viable concern. We have Bricklane’s skills and expertise in the restaurant business to advise and mentor.
The existing infrastructure is already good, there are extractor fans, stainless steel tables and various items already, including massive fridges and freezers. We would like to add stoves, coffee machines, fryers, ovens etc. Slowly building this up. Mostly we will use second hand and donated equipment. Easy Gas has already provided a quotation at cost for all the gas systems required. We are looking to create a Gateway here, a Gateway to Slovo, a Gateway to the community and a Gateway to our hearts.