The restaurant Taco Punk caused a stir in January when owner Gabe Sowder announced a Kickstarter campaign to fund a proposed expansion—critics argued that it was a misuse of crowdsourcing.
Taco Punk’s failed effort to raise $20,000 on Kickstarter by the Feb. 22 deadline was joined with news of a lawsuit brought by the Metropolitan Business Development Corp., which claimed the restaurant had fallen back on loan payments.
On Thursday, Sowder discussed with WFPL’s Jonathan Bastian the Kickstarter campaign and controversy, his revised plans for the restaurant and the lawsuit.
Listen to the interview below:
On the lawsuit:
“We’d just fallen behind on the payments. They’d sent us a letter from the county attorney that we never got, so we weren’t really made aware that this action was going to happen and we never really had any chance to have any resource to it until we were served with the papers. Fortunately, they’re really great people to work with. And they just wanted contact. We made contact with them, submitted a payment plan, made a payment and the lawsuit will not move forward.”
“There was a lot of confusion. I don’t think a lot of people were familiar with how Kickstarter works, what it’s for, how it’s not a donation—you actually get something of monetary value back. So we spent a lot of time just explaining what Kickstarter was and what we’re about, that was really good.”
On Taco Punk’s future:
“We’ve definitely turned a corner and things are looking really well for us.”