Save JoJo's!

by Nikki Billington in Whitstable, England, United Kingdom

£92,799

£100,000 target 22 days left
92% 775 supporters
This project will only be funded if at least £100,000 is pledged by 24th August 2021 at 3:00pm

We aim to save Jojos’s restaurant. We need to buy the building and save our beloved restaurant from being torn down and redeveloped.

by Nikki Billington in Whitstable, England, United Kingdom

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JoJo's is a family-run restaurant that‘s been part of the coastal Kent community of Tankerton for more than 20 years. 

Our style and vibe is influenced by travels around Europe working in local tavernas and trattorias. We don’t do nowt fancy, but we do cook with a conscience, from growing our own herbs, salads and vegetables, to sourcing free range and sustainable produce. 

We just love feeding people, bringing family and friends together, and making them happy. That’s the true heart of JoJo’s.  

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Why are we crowdfunding?

From humble beginnings in the front room of our home on the high street, we have thrown everything physically, financially and mentally into JoJo’s to be where it is today. This incredible building overlooking the sea has been our home for the last 10 years. 

But the lease has come to an end, and the building will be put up for sale, and for JoJo’s to survive we need to raise the funds to buy it.  

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I never set out to be a cook, that wasn’t really the plan, but cooking found me.

JoJo’s was born and bred in Tankerton following a stint cooking and eating my way around Europe and then working in restaurants and corporate catering in the UK. Its first incarnation was a mobile café, but the dream was to turn my tiny bedsit into a meze bar, which, through blood, sweat and tears, Paul and I eventually did. It was all about creating a relaxed, feel-good neighbourhood restaurant, feeding family and friends; we were never looking for accolades, just satisfied, happy customers. 

With the ongoing support of the local community and those visiting the area, and then an unexpected visit and review from food critic and author Jay Rayner, we found ourselves being talked about — and in a good way! In 2010 we decided to expand when we eventually secured this fortuitous building on the slopes of Tankerton. 

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It’s been an amazing, ball-breaking adventure, where we’ve made lifelong friends, created memories, and I’ve had the privilege to mentor incredible young people. Some ambitious to move up the ladder, others just looking for a break in life. I’ve had some absolute diamonds working for me over the years; watching some kids with serious problems turn into great cooks has been one of the most unexpected joys of my life. I think there are kitchens all over the country that are surrogate families for troubled kids and I’m very proud that mine is one of them. 

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But reality bites: 

The lease ends in July 2022 and the landlord wants to sell the property

He’s offered it to us for a great price and we have until 8 October 2021 to raise the funds... Which is where you come in, and believe me, it’s not in my nature to ask for help, but this is for all of us at JoJo's, including our 22 brilliant and talented staff, because it's make or break for us. We’re remortgaging our cottage, selling the car, friends and family are helping financially and for the first time in JoJo’s history, the bank has also agreed to help — but it’s not enough. So through Crowdfunder, we are hoping to raise a minimum of £100k. (Remember folks, with Crowdfunder if we don't reach our target we don't get any dosh.) 

Actually we need a lot more than that, but it will get us over the line. It will mean we won't have to borrow as much from the bank and it will be less risky for us, given this very uncertain future we‘re all facing. With the help of some of JoJo’s friends, including Tom Kerridge and Suggs, we have put together a “Rewards” package so that you can buy into something tangible, but we also just hope there is enough love out there for JoJo’s that you’ll want to help us in whatever small way you can, even if it is just sending us good vibes that we might JUST pull this off. ???????? ????????  

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Thank you!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

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Tom Kerridge and Suggs at JoJo's

Captain Tom Kerridge and his pirates from the two-starred Hand And Flowers join Nikki and the crack team at JoJo's to create an evening of truly amazing food. Music and anecdotes from Suggs - bring some extra cash for the Raffle and Auction with some tatty shiz, blagged from some local has-beens and the good shopkeepers of Whitstable. Sweet!

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Karma Gift For Any Donation

What goes around comes around. Namaste.

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£20 Voucher for JoJo's.

All Vouchers are valid for 3 Years. And can be used on multiple occasions until the amount is reached. Truly the gift that keeps on giving.

£25 or more

‘Thank You’ Wall

Your name will be beautifully signed - by a local Artist - onto our ‘Thank You...Wall Of Love’

£50 or more

£50 Voucher for JoJo's

All Vouchers are valid for 3 Years. And can be used on multiple occasions until the amount is reached. Truly the gift that keeps on giving.

£50 or more

Digital Recipe Video Cards x 3

Watch and learn cook Nikki B and The JoJo's crew show you how to prepare and cook some of their customers’ favourite dishes. It’s the first time that Nikki has passed on these exclusive recipes, so this is special. The recipes included are : JoJo's Hummus. JoJo's Koftas. JoJo's Mackerel Dip.

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£100 Voucher for JoJo's.

All Vouchers are valid for 3 years, and can be used on multiple occasions until the amount is reached. Truly the gift that keeps on giving!

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£200 Voucher for JoJo's

All Vouchers are valid for 3 years, and can be used on multiple occasions until the amount is reached. Truly the gift that keeps on giving!

£500 or more

£500 Voucher for JoJo's

All Vouchers are valid for 3 Years. And can be used on multiple occasions until the amount is reached. Truly the gift that keeps on giving.

£1,500 or more

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JoJo's Apartment - Be above the action!

Let us spoil you rotten! Spend 3 x nights in a large 2-bedroom Sea View Apartment in the heart of Tankerton above the restaurant. Arriving on Friday, sun gaze (hopefully) from your own balcony whilst sipping Cocktails or mocktails. Then slip downstairs for dinner. And, at the end of the evening, just move the party upstairs! Enjoy an exclusive breakfast hamper with great local produce, then how about lunch on us, and a Bloody Mary or two?

£8,000 or more

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Hire JoJo's for the Day!

We're all yours... 12 hours’ rental of the entire restaurant and all staff!! Need a wedding venue? Or how about a 'just because we can’ party? All food is included for the entire day. For up to 80 sit-down guests or 120-130 buffet guests. Our place is YOURS for the day!

£100 or more

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WE DID IT (hopefully) PARTY!

You and a mate can come along and enjoy all the ramifications of a great big proper PARTY. We’ll give you food, fun, fizz and frolics.....and oh yeah, Suggs and fam will be along too!

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