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Pittsburgh chef and restaurateur Kevin Sousa has his sights on Braddock 

With Kickstarter funds, he hopes to turn a former car showroom into a restaurant and more

Kevin Sousa's idea of a view isn't a sweeping coastline or perch atop Mount Washington.

His new restaurant will lie in the shadows of Braddock's still-active Edgar Thomson Steel Works, and will borrow both its name and space from "Superior Motors," one of the first indoor car dealerships in the country.

Calling it a restaurant is an understatement: Sousa is hoping it will be a nexus of community development and food education, bridging fine dining, barbeque and hot dogs.

"The goal is to provide training free of charge and housing for people who want to be a part of the restaurant/farming world," Sousa explains. The restaurant is adjacent to an old convent, an apiary and 4,000 square feet of farming space, including a rooftop greenhouse.

Sousa needs $250,000 to get the project off the ground, but has had trouble getting funding from traditional sources. Braddock Mayor John Fetterman has already agreed to offer the old dealership space rent-free, and at press time, Sousa had raised $60,000 through a Kickstarter campaign, which expires Jan. 6.

As a business proposition, Braddock is a complicated location. It is home to no other restaurants (the borough is one of the region's poorest) — though Sousa says no one will be turned away based on their ability to pay.

"Anyone can make a fancy plate of food," Sousa says (and that's something he's been celebrated for at his flagship restaurant, Salt of the Earth) — "but what else can we do?"

View the Kickstarter campaign here: http://tinyurl.com/md7l3pp

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