taco punk

Food and Dining
3:40 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Taco Punk Owner Gabe Sowder on Kickstarter, Local Foods and the Restaurant's Future

Gabe Sowder
Credit Taco Punk

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.

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Food and Dining
3:23 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

As Kickstarter Campaign Falters, Taco Punk is Sued on Claims of Failing to Pay Debt

Gabe Sowder
Credit Taco Punk

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 Kickstarter campaign for an expansion project failed to meet its funding requirement.

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Food and Dining
8:31 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Opposing Views Voiced on Taco Punk's Kickstarter Campaign

The decision by Taco Punk's owner to use Kickstarter to support his business 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.

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Food and Dining
8:02 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Op-Ed: For Taco Punk, Let the Market Run Its Course

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.

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Op-Ed
8:01 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Op-Ed: Kickstarter Campaign Can Allow Taco Punk to Ethically Compete with Chains

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.

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Food and Dining
2:24 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Undeterred By Critics, Taco Punk Kickstarter Campaign Continues

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,  to contribute to a point-counterpoint feature. Read Sowder's here and Hodge's here.

Gabe Sowder’s first year as chef and owner of Taco Punk was rough.

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