The launch of a new restaurant and bar at Riverside Bedford is one step closer, as its owners launch their crowdfunder at 7pm tonight (Wednesday).
The collaboration between Foxy Wings and Beerfly will see the Clapham-based home kitchen take on a unit in the heart of Bedford and they’re hoping that their legion of fans will join the crowdfunder to help make their dream a reality.
“We’re looking to raise £20,000 to help kit out the restaurant/bar,” said Foxy founder, Matt Pearson.
“We’ve raised the funds for the kitchen equipment and the takeaway and we want to get the restaurant/bar area kitted out as soon as possible so that we can be the kickass wings bar that Bedford deserves.”
Full details of the crowdfunder and how to get involved are here.
The restaurant will have outdoor seating throughout the summer as well as a bar serving the best craft beers – selected by Tim Edwards of Beerfly – soft drinks, cocktails, hard-shakes and wine.
But what makes the space really unique is that it aims to be a creative hub at the heart of the community.
“There will be a space where we can host food and design centred events, live music evenings, creative workshops, and all in all be a hotspot for inspiration, entertainment and culture,” said co-founder, Gabs Pearson.
“We also want to progress movements we have a special interest in, like green and local business, and we are looking forward to having space and means to get involved in community initiatives.”
Foxy Wings and Beerfly have collaborated with some of Bedford’s best-loved independent businesses to create a range of unique rewards to anyone that pledges anything from £25 to £1,000.
From exclusive prints to a brunch party for you and 29 mates, there are plenty of ways for locals to grab some of the Foxy Wings action.
Illustrator Katie Allen, who created the Foxy Wings logo, has designed an exclusive Bedford-themed print featuring the titular vulpine.
“I’ve loved working with the Foxy team,” said Katie. “Firstly to create their fox illustration, capturing the vibe of the business. I got to include motifs that are special to Matt and Gabs and now I can’t wait to see the illustration used on the crowdfunding merch.
“I always knew Matt and Gabs had a soft spot for my Up the Wooden Hill print, so I couldn’t resist making an exclusive print for their crowdfunder too.”
Neon Marl’s iconic sweatshirts have also been given the Foxy treatment as part of one of the pledge packages. Amber Reeson, owner of Neon Marl was delighted to be asked to be part of the crowdfunder.
“I’m super excited to collaborate with Foxy Wings,” she told the Bedford Independent. “My family and I are huge fans of their amazing food and they are destined for huge things I’m sure.”
Tom Answer, of Boyds of Bedford, knows only too well the people power of crowdfunders. Tom and his wife, Jess, successfully raised over £10,000 to bring Boyds back from the dead.
“‘As soon as we heard about what Foxy Wings were up to, we jumped at the chance to get involved in their crowdfunder,” said Tom.
“Great things happen when local businesses collaborate and having worked with Tim at Beerfly before, we knew their new venue was going to be awesome.
“It’s so good to see local businesses taking over the Riverside North development.”
Tom and the Boyds team have created a snapback cap and t-shirt, printed by hand on vintage equipment at their Stagsden studio.
People and planet over profit
As well as serving outstanding food in a beautiful location, Foxy Wings is dedicated to doing things differently.
“We love where we live and we want to create something special that showcases Bedford in all its glory,” explained Matt.
“We want to be a locally owned business that puts people and planet over profit. Our mission is to serve creative, conscious comfort food and do this as ethically, sustainably and inclusively as possible.
“We believe that the people of Bedford are ready to support businesses that are pushing boundaries in doing good business and we have seen this community rally in support of several local businesses in this last year.”
By joining their crowdfunder, Foxy Wings are inviting their customers to become part of building their brand from the ground up.
“We are keen to use this business as an opportunity to connect with people, especially after a year of separation, it’s a reason to join together. We have already seen the incredible benefits of collaboration and so, we have worked with local artists to bring you some unique pieces as rewards for supporting our crowdfunder.”
To donate to the Foxy Wings crowdfunder, visit crowdfunder.co.uk/foxywingsbedford