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.