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Open Restaurants Fundraise

Brick & Wonder has teamed up with Design Corps to help two Harlem restaurants, Settepani and NBHD Brulee, build outdoor dining structures.

These two neighborhood favorites have been hit hard by Covid, and they need our help to recover. Outdoor dining will increase their capacity through 2021 to help get them back on their feet. 

Design and construction is powered by Brick & Wonder community volunteers, and we’re raising funds to help buy the materials to build the two structures.

Thank you for your generous support!

To learn about the DOT guidelines for Open Restaurants, click here.

Meet the Volunteers + Contributors

Nina Cooke John – Architect
Matt Moss – General Contractor
Antony Cestra – Architect
Victoria Cabanos – Consultant
Mark Jupiter – Furniture Designer
Michael Biondo – Photographer
Drew Lang – Architect
Lonny Rossman – Consultant
Adam Schloff – Real Estate Developer
Allison Newsome – Artist
Matthew Steer – Real Estate Broker
Michelle Jacobson – Interior Designer
Roger Texiera – Materials Supplier
Brian Labbe – Materials Supplier

Troy Hodgson – Visualization Specialist
Jackson Ning – Lighting Designer
Paul Grech – Materials Supplier
Jeff Streich – General Contractor
Ashok Sinha – Photographer
Gareth Mahon – Landscape Architect
Maria Bonta de la Pezuela – Consultant
Chris Mottalini – Photographer
Brian Hyla – General Contractor
Jamie Hammel – Design Manufacturer
Côme Ménage – Architect
Robert Murray – Engineer
Laura Guido Clark – Colorist
Samara Daly – Consultant

Project Sponsors

Max HooverGoodMart
Robert MurrayMurray Engineering

Work Plan

  • May 10th 2021 – Site Visits (Project teams only)
  • May 14th 2021 – Intensive Design Sprint (Project teams only)
  • May 21st 2021 – Construction Drawings and Specifications Complete
  • August – Volunteer “Barn Raising” Weekend – All welcome!

*Note: Build date is not finalized – please get in touch to confirm.

Get Involved!

If you’d like to donate materials, or supplies, or volunteer for the build, please get in touch!

Corporate Sponsorship

If you’d like to offer corporate sponsorship with a value over $5,000 please get in touch and we’ll work with you to facilitate this and highlight your support!

About Your Contribution

Your contributions will be treated as gifts for tax purposes.  Brick & Wonder is not a registered 501(c)(3) organization, so your contributions are not tax deductible. You will not be issued a donation receipt.  Generally, there is no reporting requirement for a personal gift up to $15,000, but you should consult your tax advisor.

Project Supporters