Saving Mama Ros' Sandwich Shop

We will be helping to cover the shop's operating costs from the winter. Funds will also go towards community events such as the yearly Thanksgiving bash.
Jonathan Tai
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Mama Ros' Sandwich Shop needs your support. Help save a Pittsburgh Institution!

Hi there! Our names are Jon Tai and Jon Potter, and a couple of weeks ago we walked into Mama Ros' Sandwich Shop for the first time looking for nothing more than a decent brunch. In the two hours we spent there that afternoon, we came to realize something that hundreds of people--from Pittsburgh and from out of town--had already known for a long time: we were in a really special place.

Mama Ros' has been around for over a decade, and it's so much more than just somewhere to eat. Whether you're a regular or only pass through once, for one and for all it's a home, a safe haven. A place where you're guaranteed to eat a full meal whether you can afford it or not.

However, the generosity of "Mama" Rosalyn Dukes and "Papa" Mike Miller comes with a cost, and just as in Game of Thrones, the winter as been long and hard. Now we need your help to keep it alive.

What You're Giving and What You're Getting

This isn't the first time the shop has seen some troubles. In 2012, it suffered a fire threatening to shut it down for good. The community ended up rallying together, donating funds and time to get it back on its feet. 

And that's really what it's all about: the community, about bringing people together in a space that embodies part of the heart of what Pittsburgh is, and we wanted our rewards to reflect that.

Jon Tai is a part time professional magician who's performed solo shows in theaters, corporate events, and private parties around the country. One of the perks will have him coming to give a personal, close-up private magic show for you and your friends (or enemies). Jon Potter is a professional paragliding instructor. The reason he wasn't in the video above is because he was in China...paragliding off of the Great Wall. One of the perks will have him taking you out for a flying lesson. Don't worry, all skill levels welcome! (see FAQ for details).

Where the Money Goes:

Any funds raised will first and foremost go towards covering the shop's operating costs from winter. Any additional funds from there will help cover ongoing operating costs as well as future community events including the yearly donation-based Thanksgiving dinner.

Rewards FAQ

Private Magic Show

  • 15-20 minute set of close-up magic only. Best suited for audiences of up to 30 people.
  • Must be non-profit. So private parties, personal event receptions, magical interlude at your monthly underwater basket weaving clubs, etc.
  • This perk is available to anyone, anywhere! But if performance location is outside of Pittsburgh, you must cover travel costs.
  • Show can be personalized! Let me know if your event is for something specific and I can work with you to create a unique experience.
  • Please contact Jon at to work out performance time and date details.

Paragliding Lesson

  • 2-3 hour beginner paragliding class. 
  • Commemorative pictures and videos included in the set.
  • For more info and contact info, check out Pittsburgh Paragliding

Other Ways to Help?

Absolutely! If you are at all moved by these guys as we were or if you believe in the cause or if you're bored and just putzing around on the Internet, please share this anywhere and everywhere! Getting the word out is a huge part of this. Just doing that is a very big help.

Or drop by sometime to say hi and grab a bite to eat. Mama Ros and Mike do what they do because they get to meet people like you, feed you, and put a smile on your face.

Thank you for your time and support, and we hope to see you soon!

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Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    Crisis of 2014 - Wall of Fame

    Get your name added to the Mama Ros' Winter Crisis of 2014 Wall of Fame! Your name (or the name of your choosing...pending approval) handwritten on a commemorative poster that shall hang on the wall of Mama Ros' for the rest of time (or as long as the shop is around, whichever comes first).

    47 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $25USD
    Immortalization! Haiku Style!

    Personal haiku Written with phoenix feather, Ink of kraken blood. Okay. Maybe not. But we'll use a nice printer and some great paper. Will hang on shop's wall, Majestic and beautiful. You famous fo sho.

    16 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $100USD
    Magic, Mystery, and FIRE

    Okay, fire is optional (but recommended). A private close up magic show for you and your friends! Or that cute girl or boy you've been trying to impress. Or those significant others' parents you've been trying to make a good impression on. Or your own parents who've never quite truly been proud of's your chance! See Rewards FAQ for more details. Also get your name immortalized on the Mama Ros' Winter Crisis of 2014 Wall of Fame.

    2 out of 10 claimed
  • $150USD
    Paragliding Lesson!

    Paraglide with the very best. Jon Potter has jumped off crazy things as Machu Picchu, Mount Washington, and now most recently the Great Wall of China. He's an excellent certified instructor and will take you out for a day of flying! Imagine the Facebook pictures from that! See Rewards FAQ for more details. Also get your name immortalized on the Mama Ros' Winter Crisis of 2014 Wall of Fame.

    3 out of 10 claimed

    Name a New Menu Item!

    Mama Ros' Winter Crisis of 2014 Wall of Fame doesn't cut it? Immortal Haiku on the wall not enough? Welcome to the pinnacle of awesome. Leave your mark on human history. Come up with the name for a new menu item that Mama Ros and Mike are cooking up. Bask in the glory of your ensuing fame and fortune. *Subject to Mama Ros and Mike's approval for non-offensiveness. Fame and fortune not guaranteed. ALSO receive a bonus perk: private magic show OR paragliding lesson

    1 out of 1 claimed
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