Chuku's founders to launch crowdfund

By James McAllister

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Photo credit: Angus Bremmer
Photo credit: Angus Bremmer

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Ifeyinwa and Emeka Frederick, the sibling founders of Nigerian pop-up restaurant Chuku’s, are to launch a crowdfunding campaign next month to support the opening of their first permanent site.

Promoted as ‘the world's first Nigerian tapas restaurant’, Chuku’s was founded in 2016 and has since appeared in locations across London including Spitalfields’ Canvas café and Nest in Hackney.

It has been recognised as one of the 15 Most Exciting Food and Drink Entrepreneurs in the UK by the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, and won a Virgin global entrepreneurship competition in 2016.

Serving authentic cuisine against a backdrop of Nigerian afrobeats and contemporary art, the founders have labelled Chuku’s dining experience as “chop, chat, chill”.

Menu options include jollof quinoa, a healthy spin on the traditional jollof rice; and plantain waffles, Chuku’s signature gluten-free and vegan dessert.

The 30-day crowdfunder​ is to begin on 2 May, with the aim of raising “£30k in 30 days”.

In return for pledging support, backers will receive rewards such as an invitation to the restaurant’s opening evening, having a Nigerian-inspired cocktail named after them and an unlimited Nigerian tapas discount card.

While no lease has been signed yet, Ifeyinwa and Emeka hope to open their first a bricks and mortar site in Tottenham.

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