Earlier this week, the team behind Staplehouse and The Giving Kitchen unveiled plans for the new restaurant and foundation, which will be housed in a building on Edgewood Ave. in the Old Fourth Ward.
Staplehouse started out as an underground supper club run by Ryan and Jen Hidinger as a first step toward opening their dream restaurant one day. But after Ryan was diagnosed with Stage IV gallbladder cancer, those plans were put on hold, while friends, family and the community created Team Hidi to help with Ryan’s treatment.
The combination of the diagnosis and all that Team Hidi love and support caused Ryan and Jen to radically change their perspective and create a new focus for Staplehouse.
Calling it casual fine dining experience with a purpose, the restaurant, with Ryan Hidinger and Ryan Smith in the kitchen, will dedicate all after tax proceeds to The Giving Kitchen Initiative, a 501c3 organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to those in the hospitality industry who find themselves in crisis.
A new push for funding Staplehouse and having it open by year’s end kicked off on Indiegogo on Monday. Read all about it and contribute here: www.indiegogo.com.
— Bob Townsend, Food and More blog.