Native American Restaurant Startup Smashes Kickstarter Record

September 15, 2016

Chef Sean Sherman brought in nearly $150,000 from 2,358 backers in 30 days

A forthcoming Native American restaurant in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area just set a crowdfunding record. The wildly successful Kickstarter campaign from chef Sean Sherman, a.k.a. The Sioux Chef, brought in nearly $150,000 from 2,358 backers in 30 days; as the Star Tribune reports, that’s more individual backers than any other restaurant to ever raise funds on the platform.

Per Eater Minneapolis, Sherman specializes in “First People’s cuisine, or pre-contact Native American fare,” utilizing ingredients like native plants, wild game and fish, and corn, squash, and beans, but