Gamagori Izakaya

Izakaya Gama | The final push! Thank you for supporting us as we move into our permanent space.

About Us

Gama is a restaurant concept that has been brewing for quite some time.

Hi, we’re David and Elyse Hopps and we have been cooking, eating and obsessing over Japanese food for the past 14 years. We have worked in restaurants specializing in all kinds of different techniques and cuisine, but for us, there is nothing better than an izakaya experience. An izakaya is a Japanese pub that serves a variety of small plates to accompany the alcoholic beverages. We are hoping to create a restaurant where people feel comfortable and taken care of. A place where people can go after a long day, where they can celebrate or relax. We truly believe that we can create that restaurant for our community. 

Gama has been operating as a pop-up for the past seven months. We are building out the restaurant and are hoping to open our doors by the end of June. This campaign is so important to us, because it will give us that final push to really hit the ground running, and reopen for our community and all of the friends we’ve made so far. Your continued support means the world to us. Thank you for believing in Gama! 

Let’s Break It Down

As you know, this is the final push. We are building out the restaurant and finally putting all of ourselves into our permanent space. Our dreams are becoming reality. Additional funding would be extremely helpful as we navigate through our opening costs. 

Opening a restaurant is scary in the best of times, so having a cushion as we launch during a pandemic would be such a weight lifted. This money will go towards a brand new point of sale system, opening food and beverage purchases and small wares just to name a few. 

Contributing doesn’t just mean that you are supporting our restaurant, you are also purchasing the best that we have to offer. We’re offering our house made togarashi, our delicious yuzu sesame dressing and the infamous fried chicken finishing dust. Speaking of fried chicken, we are offering that up as well! Can you imagine coming in to the restaurant and already having karaage paid for? Want to give a little extra? We’re offering private dinners, private parties and sake tastings. 

The idea for this campaign actually came from our guests. We can’t express to you how much it means to us that, on top of supporting the pop-up, you have an interest in supporting us in such a huge way. We want these offers to be fun and special, because that’s what you are to us! 

Risks & Challenges

It’s not going to be a shock to anyone when we say, we’re going through a pandemic. It might be a shock to tell you that we decided to open a restaurant, during said pandemic. Times are tough for everyone right now, and the fear that it won’t get better is looming. Right now, we are able to open at 50% occupancy. We have no idea if that will be the case in June, but we are hopeful that things are getting better not just for us, but for our community and across the world. 

Of course we are fearful of what the future holds, but we are also hopeful that we can provide a safe space for people. These contributions will absolutely help in providing a little bit of comfort as we move forward into the unknown. 

Other Ways You Can Help

We absolutely understand that monetary contributions are just not possible for everyone right now. If you can’t toss us some money but still want to contribute, please spread the word about our campaign and help us reach a little further. 

Thank you. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. 

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