Raising $15,000 for a new venture can be easy as pie.
A Church Hill bakery startup recently surpassed its goal of raising $15,000 from a crowd-funding website.
The Proper Pie Company, which is under construction at 2505 E. Broad St., raised $15,571 from more than 300 backers on Kickstarter.com, a website that lets groups raise capital through individual donations in exchange for a free meal here or a T-shirt there.
Nikki Price, who is starting the business with her husband Neil Smith, said she was going to use the money to get the restaurant “started on the right foot.”
“We’re going to buy a couple of pieces of equipment we need, and we are going to pay some people who have helped us out getting things going,”
Smith, a New Zealand native, wanted to start a restaurant where you could find the kind of savory pies so readily available in his homeland. You can read more about the concept in an RBS story here.
Proper Pie got a cash grant of $10,000 from Bon Secours last year.
Price said the restaurant wouldn’t quite hit its planned Oct. 1 opening.
“We’ll probably do a soft opening here in the next little bit, but there are some more things we need to work out first,” she said.