LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18)– DV8 Kitchen has been open in Lexington for just one year, but thanks to the generosity of the community, they’re already expanding their bakery and mission.
“We decided that we were going to open up temporarily at Pasta Garage while we were trying to figure out how to build sales and raise capital for a large bakery,” said DV8 owner Rob Perez.
The equipment for the second bakery costs $65,000, Perez said he only had $20,000 saved up, but that didn’t stop them.
“We went ahead without the money to pay for it and started because we’ve done this all on faith up to this point,” said Perez.
As for the other $45,000 they need, that is where Bob Baney, the owner of RaceRise came in. Perez said that Baney approached him saying that he puts on running races for charity and that he wanted to help DV8 out.
The DV8 Life Changing Run is Saturday morning and more than 500 participants have signed up. Perez said that the timing could not be more perfect.
They have reached the $45,000 mark Friday and they do not have to worry anymore.
Now, DV8 can expand their business, but more importantly, their mission. DV8 gives more people the opportunity for second chance employment.
“Our folks are in recovery. They’re working really hard at trying to live their lives in a better way and kind of deviate from their past lifestyle,” said Perez.
The second bakery is where they will bake the goods for a handful of other restaurants they work with throughout the city, like OBC Kitchen, Saul Good, and Vinaigrette Kitchen.