The first rule of Pittsburgh is you don't talk shit about Pittsburgh.
March 1, 2015 9:48 AM Subscribe
On January 6, 2014, Pittsburgh was in the middle of an especially harsh cold snap. The temperature had hit seven below zero, and the wind chill made going outside almost unbearable. But Kevin Sousa was elated. His Kickstarter campaign for Superior Motors had finally reached its goal of $250,000, and the contributions were still pouring in with nineteen hours left to go. Every time Sousa checked his phone, he saw dozens of new Twitter notifications letting him know that the campaign was doing better and better. He was pulling in an amount of restaurant seed money unprecedented in the history of Kickstarter, all to open a high-concept, multi-component restaurant in a seemingly hopeless place.On Pittsburgh chef Kevin Sousa's attempt to revitalize a failing steel town through food, his previous restaurants' allegedly troubled financial history, and what information is owed to Kickstarter backers about their investment.
In January, eater.com profiled Kevin Sousa's and Braddock mayor John Fetterman's attempt to revitalize Braddock with a partly-Kickstarter-backed restaurant.
Today, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published an article detailing Kevin's financial struggles as he has blazed through opening, closing, and selling several Pittsburgh restaurants in transitioning neighborhoods in recent years, touching on whether his troubled financial history with his restaurants should have been disclosed to Kickstarter backers as well as some questions about the restaurant's other funding sources. Kevin has responded, offering his Kickstarter backers a tour of the restaurant site if they are concerned about how their backer money is being spent.
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