The dinning room at Superior Motors in Braddock
Cedric Angeles

Superior Motors

Braddock, Pennsylvania

Can a restaurant reinvigorate a struggling steel town? That’s the idea behind Superior Motors, which opened last summer in a former car dealership after raising a record-setting $310,225 on Kickstarter. Already, its modern American food is bringing recognition to Braddock, and it says it will teach its workers—many of whom are locals who lost manufacturing jobs—new skills. “Eventually, we want to launch a full-on culinary school,” says chef and founder Kevin Sousa, a Pittsburgh native. —Alejandro de la Garza

TIME may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.