Neighbourhood vegan curry house SpiceBox has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help fund ambitious expansion plans.
After two years on London's street food circuit - serving up curries and daals at KERB markets - founder Grace Regan (pictured) opened the first bricks and mortar site in Walthamstow in January.
Following its overwhelming success, which saw the restaurant take home the Best Takeaway accolade in East London at the London Curry Awards, Regan is eyeing up future sites outside London, as well as hoping to launch retail products in supermarkets nationwide.
The crowdfunding campaign, which went live today (7th October) and has already hit the £275,000 target, outlined how SpiceBox aimed “to become the UK's number one Indian food brand with curry houses on high-streets up and down the UK.”
Regan told The Caterer: "We've been overwhelmed by the reaction to our crowdfunding campaign. To be 100% funded in five hours shows just how supportive our community is and how much love there is for our food.
"We're so excited for what the future holds for SpiceBox and plan to keep the campaign going to help fund future sites and development of retail products."
Regan moved to California’s Silicon Valley in 2015 in a bid to live the tech dream, but quickly fell out of love with the sector and planned on creating something focusing on her passion for Indian food. After overhauling her lifestyle to a plant-based diet, Regan set up SpiceBox in January 2016, initially serving Indian takeaways from home before serving her food at markets across the capital.
Signature dishes include the chick ‘n’ korma, shroom keema and banana chai doffle. With a growing number of vegan restaurants opening in London, Regan hopes to meet the increasing demand of plant-based appetites.