Cristina Quackenbush, the mastermind and chef behind Filipino pop up hotness Milkfish has found a potential permanent home for her restaurant on the bottom floor of the CBD's Gertler Building, and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for their move and start up costs. Adolfo Garcia, one of many Milkfish supporters, makes a cameo in the accompanying video. Quackenbush has been operating out of the soon-to-close a Mano on Sundays.
Here's what the Kickstarter funds will go toward, per Quackenbush:
The initial funds to begin building our restaurant on the ground floor of the Gertler Building on Carondolet Street in New Orleans. The money will be used to secure all permits & licensing. All equipment needed in the kitchen including a Hood system, Grease traps, Stoves and Ovens, Refrigeration and Freezers, Prep tables and all small equipment needed for a full service kitchen. For the dining room we will need to furnish fixtures, painting, furniture and decor. We will also need all small wares and some carpenter work. We plan to locally source out and recycle as much as we can for our furnishings. As we build, we will continue to offer our food on a pop-up basis to save even more to help our endeavors!
No word on where Milkfish will be popping up after a Mano closes over Labor Day weekend.