Is there anything better than a free pizza every week for a year?

How about free pizza for a year and 80 choices of beer, wine, and cocktails to wash it down with?

Now through Dec. 31, all investors of $1,000 or more to the NextSeed campaign for in-the-works Spring Branch District business Shoot The Moon will receive a free pizza a week for life.

Yes, for LIFE. No expiration date except, well, yours.

Whether you’re treating yourself, your family, co-workers or friends, you’ll be a VIP at Shoot The Moon and the proud owner of an exclusive Shoot The Moon Free Pizza Card in exchange for your investment in this innovative restaurant concept.

Shoot The Moon was scheduled to open this fall in a 5,400-square-foot-space within Braun Enterprises’ Spring Branch Village shopping center at 8155 Long Point Road, home to Slowpokes and a future location for Feges BBQ, among others.

The COVID-19 pandemic slowed those plans a bit, but they are moving forward, posting updates on Facebook @ShootTheMoonTexas. The kitchen has been built out, the AC is in and the taps are in progress.

“We’re close to opening our doors thanks to your investments,” partners Kevin Floyd, Dax McAnear and Jonas Herd said on the investment platform NextSeed. As of Dec. 8, they raised $216,800 of their $535,000 max target online with the help of 180 investors.

Marketing Director Sandra Cook said they are looking at an early 2021 opening date.

“We’re doing everything we can to get open as soon as possible,” she said.

Shoot the Moon will be the Spring Branch District’s — and Houston’s — first self-service tap wall, featuring more than 80 options for craft beer, wine, cocktails and spirits. The drinks will be paired with a “chef-driven, from-scratch” food menu, featuring starters, healthy options and of course, pizza.

The concept for Shoot The Moon seems like a solid way to deal with pandemic-related issues. By using technology and efficient methods, which are nicely mapped out on their NextSeed campaign site, Shoot The Moon will have the ability to minimize guest-staff contact points and decrease labor costs while increasing profit margins and scale.

Guests will check in, order food at the counter and then choose their table. Instead of having to wait for a bartender or waiter for drink service, guests can simply proceed to the tap wall to select small tastes or full pours of any beverage they choose.

Conceived and operated by the partnership that is STM Hospitality LLC, the partners have 50 years of combined experience in restaurant startups and management and/or design/build-out of restaurants.

The partners seek to position Shoot The Moon as the restaurant model of the future.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission allowed for self-pour systems in March 2019. The Spring Branch District STM location is just the first to be planned by the partners.

At Shoot The Moon, self-service won’t mean “no service.”

“Our staff is happy to help while social distancing. You’ll always find a friendly tap-tender at the wall who’ll help you use the system or answer any questions you might have about our offerings,” the restaurant’s website states. And, of course, staff will be on hand to sanitize in between guests at the wall and tables.

Prices will vary, but tastes start at 25 cents and full pours start at $3.50. Everything is charged by the ounce, so you only pay for what you pour. You can choose to pour several different tastes or have a full pint, wine glass or cocktail. Non-alcoholic sodas and regular mixers are available free of charge.

And you won’t have to calculate a tip, because Shoot The Moon will be using a service-fee payment model. This is similar to a service fee added to a grocery or takeout delivery, but the majority of the fee will go to the staff’s paychecks, the company states.

“At Shoot the Moon, we want you to get everything you love about going out with none of the hassle.”

Learn more about the NextSeed campaign and how you can get free pizza for life:


— by Dorothy Puch Lillig