Mexico in Season has carved out a place in the hearts of Tucsonans looking for vegan Mexican cuisine in a fast, casual, and friendly atmosphere. However, now the family-owned restaurant, which is known for options like nopalitos and seitan fajitas, might be forced to shutter. Owner Priscilla Teran says community support wasn't the issue for her one-year-old restaurant located at on the southwest corner of Ajo Way and Palo Verde Road.
"The business is doing good and our clientele keeps growing, but we lost our partner and now we are faced with the decision of closing our doors," Teran says.
Although Kickstarter campaigns can sometimes carry a stigma, Teran explains that they decided to go with crowdfunding due to demand from their regulars.
"Our customers don't want us closing our doors and asked us to start a Kickstarter campaign to see if we could raise funds to keep our doors open," she says.
With 29 days left, the restaurant has raised just over $500 of a $25,000 goal, and, unlike other sites such as Indiegogo, Kickstarter is an all or nothing fundraiser—either Mexico in Season gets $25,000 or nothing by the end of it. If Teran doesn't find an investor or partner for Mexico in Season, she says she still plans to offer her fare to her loyal customers by using the Kickstarter funds to purchase a food truck.
You can help keep Mexico in Season pumping out those unique vegan Mexican eats by visiting their Kickstarter campaign page
. Rewards for donors include free lunch for a $10 donation, a meal for two for $20, and a meal for eight that can be gifted to others for a $50 contribution.