Kevin Sousa’s Superior Motors Breaks a Kickstarter Record

The chef’s ambitious campaign to open a restaurant in Braddock becomes the site's most-funded restaurant project to date.

Photo by Nara Garber


Last night, locals stayed up late — cheering, wishing, holding their breaths. It wasn’t during the final seconds of a sporting event, though: As the Kickstarter pledge tally continued to climb for Superior Motors, the ambitious restaurant project of chef Kevin Sousa, so, too, did our expectations that the eatery concept would become a reality.

Good news: We did it.

After a late-in-the-game surge in interest — attributed to grassroots social-media campaigns and mentions in blog posts, including those from CNN and Food & Wine — the pledge count went from about 50 percent to a number within reach of the goal. In the wee hours of the morning, the funds totaled $250,000, meaning that Sousa’s project had been successfully backed hours before the campaign ended.

Sousa posted his reaction to the outpouring of kindness:

What’s more, the campaign became the most-funded restaurant campaign in Kickstarter history.

That is, in a word, awesome.

If you’d like to be a part of this, you have until 11:59 tonight to contribute to the movement, intended to spark change in the Rust Belt town once forgotten.


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