Vida Comida launches kickstarter funding campaign

By Michelle Perrett

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Rob Davies has launched a kickstarter campaign to get his Vida Comida concept up and running
Rob Davies has launched a kickstarter campaign to get his Vida Comida concept up and running

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A restaurateur has launched a Kickstarter funding campaign to raise £12,000 to fund improvements at the Swan in Sherborne, which he is opening as tapas restaurant Vida Comida on 28th August. 

Rob Davies, the owner of the tapas concept, has taken on a free-of-tie lease with Hall & Woodhouse, after searching for a year for the right venue.

Kickstarter is a type of crowd fundraising to support creative projects.

Davies said the money will be used to finish some “key projects” including the development of the function room.

He said there has already been significant interest in the company, the project and the Kickstarter fund with over 5,000 people viewing the Facebook, twitter and Linkedin profiles for the venue so far.

“I want this fabulous building to be part of the community infrastructure again. We have a super function room upstairs and I want to be able to offer this room to local people, groups and business for free – as long as they pop in for a tasty tapas,” said Davies.

“There are some key projects that we still want to complete but without an injection of additional finance they will have to remain on the ‘next year maybe pile’ rather than the ‘do it now’ pile”. 

Davies is offering backers a range of rewards from a plaque naming to getting the whole restaurant to themselves and their friends for a party night.

The old coaching house had been empty since the New Year and Vida Comida will mix dining styles.  There will be a range of tables plus lots of more relaxed, sofa style seating that will suit the more casual dining experience.

There will also be a bar seating area with products have been sourced from a range of local, national and international suppliers. 

The draught beers will offer a range of lagers, ales and ciders that will complement the food. 

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