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Upcoming Vietnamese Restaurant Tempts Potential Funders With Garlic Noodles

Pink Bellies puts out a Kickstarter

bowl of garlic noodles
Noodle bowl at Pink Bellies
Leslie Ryann McKellar
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas, covering the food and restaurant scene across North and South Carolina.

Vietnamese concept Pink Bellies started as a food truck, hopped into a food stall at Workshop, hosted several pop-ups, and is now closing in on opening a brick and mortar location on King Street. Pink Bellies was supposed to open this past March, but there have been the usual delays compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chef/owner Thai Phi turned to Kickstarter to help him past the final hurdles of opening a restaurant. He writes, “Collectively, we are facing and overcoming the coronavirus. As an upcoming restaurant, the major obstacles have been rising opportunity costs and budget costs — permit and inspection delays from the city, construction delays from subcontractors, and previous government mandated working hours”

As a lure to potential backers, Phi is offering the Pink Bellies’ famous garlic noodle bowl for a pledge of $15. For those that give more, there’s plenty of branded merchandise as a reward, like new t-shirts and a pink “dad hat” designed by local graphic artist Blake Suarez.

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Pink Bellies

595 King Street, , SC 29403 (843) 640-3132 Visit Website