Cosmic Cocina “Building a Veggie Restaurant” Project

We made a menu for the traveler and curious local. Mixing local foods, baking our own bread, sourcing local cheese, coconuts and more. Our menu had the favorites, all made super fresh, and it was very successful.
Not only did we build a cafe, but we built a place for people to hang out and feel welcome. Great food, real conversation, and human interaction were the goals of our creation. In this picture you can see our Veggie Family Dinner, once a week. Brilliant!
Lemongrass, aloe, flor de jamaica (hibiscus), pineapple and basil. We grew and used them all in amazing recipes right from right outside our door and once thought impossible the first planned organic veggies in a restaurant in El Salvador!

Vegetarian Restaurant & Local Coffee Bar: Cosmic Cocina – 2013-2015 | El Salvador

What did we do? From scratch, we designed the kitchen and cafe to create one of the only vegetarian / vegan restaurants in all of El Salvador. Completing the idea but being totally sustainable, local sources and locally run!

Eco-Development:

  • Every item, even the sauces are made in-house avoiding packaged and processed foods
  • Started a program with the local women’s collective where we literally gave seed money for them to grow our produce locally without chemicals
  • Teaching the women’s collective how to grow organically and how to use many sustainable methods like composting, worms, and crop rotation to avoid pests
  • Composting everything our restaurant
  • Limited waste by reusing our plastic bags, bringing our own to the market and building bottle bricks with the rest
  • Created a community “human interaction” zone where arts and real communication thrive
  • Started a coffee bar only selling El Salvadorian coffees
  • Saving local coconuts from the fire and scrapping their meat to make coconut milk for the restaurant
  • Made a place available for El Salvadorians to try healthy food, an option that never existed before

Business Development and Successes:

  • Built a brand from the ground up!
  • Successfully sustained and made profit in only 6 months
  • Built the website, logos, and took the video and pictures
  • Listed and marketed online with social media (facebook, twitter, instagram) and reputation websites like tripadvisor.
  • Created 3 local jobs, with a female manager
  • Marketed and ran a festival where Cosmic Cocina provided all the food for the festival giving Cosmic Cocina a huge marketing boost
  • Used the pictures we took for flyers and other promotional materials

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