taco punk http://wfpl.org en Taco Punk Owner Gabe Sowder on Kickstarter, Local Foods and the Restaurant's Future http://wfpl.org/post/taco-punk-owner-gabe-sowder-kickstarter-local-foods-and-restaurants-future <p>The restaurant Taco Punk caused a stir in January <a href="/post/undeterred-critics-taco-punk-kickstarter-campaign-continues">when owner Gabe Sowder announced a Kickstarter campaign </a>to fund a proposed expansion—critics argued that it was a <a href="/post/op-ed-taco-punk-let-market-run-its-course">misuse </a>of <a href="http://louisville.eater.com/archives/2013/01/23/taco-punk.php">crowdsourcing</a>.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 20:40:08 +0000 Joseph Lord 4385 at http://wfpl.org Taco Punk Owner Gabe Sowder on Kickstarter, Local Foods and the Restaurant's Future As Kickstarter Campaign Falters, Taco Punk is Sued on Claims of Failing to Pay Debt http://wfpl.org/post/kickstarter-campaign-falters-taco-punk-sued-claims-failing-pay-debt <p>Taco Punk is being sued by the Metropolitan Business Development Corporation for allegedly being overdue on the bulk of a loan in a lawsuit filed as the restaurant's&nbsp;Kickstarter campaign for an expansion project failed to meet its funding requirement.</p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 20:23:47 +0000 Joseph Lord 4207 at http://wfpl.org As Kickstarter Campaign Falters, Taco Punk is Sued on Claims of Failing to Pay Debt Opposing Views Voiced on Taco Punk's Kickstarter Campaign http://wfpl.org/post/opposing-views-voiced-taco-punks-kickstarter-campaign <p>The decision by Taco Punk's owner to use <a href="/post/undeterred-critics-taco-punk-kickstarter-campaign-continues">Kickstarter&nbsp;to support his business</a> has led to some heated discussion on social media in Louisville. We've asked the principal of the matter, restaurant owner Gabe Sowder, to expand on his decision. We've also asked Rae Hodge, who wrote a stinging critique of the restaurant in the Louisville Cardinal (and who is a Kentucky Public Radio intern), for her opinion, too.</p> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 13:31:46 +0000 Editor 3634 at http://wfpl.org Opposing Views Voiced on Taco Punk's Kickstarter Campaign Op-Ed: For Taco Punk, Let the Market Run Its Course http://wfpl.org/post/op-ed-taco-punk-let-market-run-its-course <p>What a miserable shank in the ribs it is to have to ask to borrow money from friends. It forces you to choose between pride and survival. It instills an immediate sense of gratitude and obligation towards those who lend. The borrower has to consider whether they’ve been spending wisely in the first place.</p> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 13:02:00 +0000 Rae Hodge 3629 at http://wfpl.org Op-Ed: Kickstarter Campaign Can Allow Taco Punk to Ethically Compete with Chains http://wfpl.org/post/op-ed-kickstarter-campaign-can-allow-taco-punk-ethically-compete-chains <p>When I chose to locate Taco Punk in NuLu, my business plan accounted for windfall revenue from large events like the NCAA Tournament, Thunder over Louisville and the Derby Marathon. None of these events produced any significant income. Furthermore, the casual nature of Taco Punk makes it challenging for us to attract significant numbers of customers at night. I knew that we had to change our business model or we were not going to be able to make it. As I have a METCO loan, I contacted the Economic Development council for advice. After presenting my ideas I was urged to create a Kickstarter project to finance developing the side lot into an alfresco dining area and launch a catering program.</p><p> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Gabe Sowder 3628 at http://wfpl.org Op-Ed: Kickstarter Campaign Can Allow Taco Punk to Ethically Compete with Chains Undeterred By Critics, Taco Punk Kickstarter Campaign Continues http://wfpl.org/post/undeterred-critics-taco-punk-kickstarter-campaign-continues <p><em>Editor's Note: With all the emotion surrounding this story, we've asked Gabe Sowder and Rae Hodge, who last year wrote a stinging review of Taco Punk in the University of Louisville's student newspaper, &nbsp;to contribute to a point-counterpoint feature. Read Sowder's <a href="/post/op-ed-kickstarter-campaign-can-allow-taco-punk-ethically-compete-chains">here</a> and Hodge's <a href="/post/op-ed-taco-punk-let-market-run-its-course">here.</a></em></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:24:27 +0000 Ashlee Clark Thompson 3614 at http://wfpl.org Undeterred By Critics, Taco Punk Kickstarter Campaign Continues