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When Pleasant Pops launched a Kickstarter campaign to open a cafe in the spring of 2012, crowdfunding was still a novelty for restaurant and bar owners. These days, everyone from food-truck operators to veteran restaurateurs is hitting up potential customers for money. So far, no local establishments have managed to entirely fund a new venture through crowdfunding—individual investors are still their primary source of capital—but some have brought in serious cash through relatively small contributions. Here are the D.C. restaurant scene’s 10 most successful microfinanciers.
Graphic by Carey Jordan