to raise start-up cost for a GWAR themed restaurant and bar in Richmond VA
Michael Derks
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Richmond, Virginia
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the GWARbar

The GWARbar will be a fun, unique restaurant in Richmond Virginia that will change the dining experience in much the same way that GWAR changed the concert going experience(well, maybe without quite as much mess).

The dream of a more twisted place to eat

GWAR is known throughout the Universe for it's outrageous stage show, irreverant humour and head pounding music, but for years we have wanted to turn our demented eye to the service industry. With the untimely passing of our leader, Dave Brockie, we are more determined than ever to make one of his last dreams a reality, the creation of the GWARbar! GWAR has joined forces with Travis Croxton, Richmond's restauranteur of the year 2013, to do just that. Michael Derks, better known as BalSac the Jaws 'o Death, will be using his 30+ years of restaurant experience to create a menu and cocktail program unlike any other in Richmond and all of the artist of GWAR will be contributing their talents to bring into existince a dinning enviroment that will make each meal an adventure. 

We have found the perfect building in Richmond's historic Jackson Ward, but we need your help to transform it into a fantasy land of food and beverage that we know it can be. We need a budget to update almost every surface on the interior and exterior of the building, including bars, floors, walls, ceilings and bathrooms. The money we raise on Indiegogo will also be used to help us renovate the kitchen and purchase all the equipment we will need to bring Derks' vision of "gourmet junk food" to life. We will be building a smoke house to create our world famous GWAR-B-Q. We need a GWAR sized meat grinder to make creative new takes on hot dogs and freshly ground hamburgers.

But most exciting of all, we need funds to create Richmond's premiere beer garden(beer GWARden) and expansive upper level outdoor deck with views of Abner Clay Park.  This unparralled outdoor dinning area is sure to be the favorite hang out spot for everyone from rock stars to businessmen, celebrity chefs to starving artist!

The only limit on the awesomosity of this venue is our budget. That's where you come in. The more money we raise, the cooler this restaurant will be! And you'll be a part of it. Everytime you come in after work, or visit Richmond from whatever remote corner of the world you live in, you will have a place you can call your own, surrounded by the creative wierdos you love. You will know that you are a part of GWARbar just as GWAR will always be a part of you.

The missing ingredient is you

GWARbar will be opening this summer, but its greatness depends entirely on you. GWARbar could be a run of the mill dive bar, or it could be the fulfillment of your wildest culinary fantasy.

But I'm broke. Can I still help?

Yes!! We need to get the word out there to your rich friends! What? You don't have any rich friends? Well, maybe your broke friends have rich friends! You have the power of the interweb! Spread the word! Share on Facebook! Tweet about it to the twits on Twitter! Call your grandmother! Write a postcard to your local comptroller! Go see if there is someone trapped on MySpace who hasn't heard! Yell about it from the rooftop of the nearest mental institution! Make sure the world knows about the GWARbar, because truthfully, do you want to live in a world without a GWARbar? 

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raised by 182 people in 1 month
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$50,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on June 21, 2014
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  • $1USD
    Our undying scorn

    You are beneath our contempt, but thanks.

    11 claimed
  • $10USD
    A plea for lienency

    A small bribe in the hopes that your overlords spare your miserable life.

    14 claimed
  • $25USD
    We acknowledge your existence

    Get actual proof that GWAR knows who you are when we publicly and begrudgingly thank you on our Facebook page! Be the envy of your friend(or pet or imaginary companion if you don't have a friend)!

    17 claimed
  • $50USD
    GWARbar T-shirt

    Be the first of your friends to own a cool GWARbar T-shirt!

    89 claimed
  • $50USD
    Pint glasses

    A full set of 4 GWARbar pint glasses! *due to the fragile nature of this perk, we cannot ship. This perk must be picked up at the GWARbar once we open(we might even fill your first glass!)

    12 claimed
  • $100USD
    We'll feed your face!

    A certificate for a free entree as soon as we open.

    1 claimed
  • $250USD
    A place in our Hall of Shame

    Your name will be forever enshrined on the wall of the GWARbar! Have your name added to the prestigious shrine to our supporter that will be forever displayed in a place of great honor(probably somewhere near the toilets)! You will also receive a weekly newsletter from BalSac, updating you on our progress with pictures of our renovations and advance copies of menus as they are created.

    18 claimed
  • $500USD
    An invite to pre-opening night

    Be one of the first people to experience the magic of the GWARbar! You will be invited to the first night we actually serve food and drinks at our soft opening, usually reserved for close family and friends. You can help us fine-tune the GWARbar experience before we are offically open to the public!

    2 out of 100 claimed
  • $750USD
    A cooking class with BalSac

    Come into the GWARbar kitchen and learn how to prepare one of our culinary creations under the weighty tutelage of BalSac the Jaws 'o Death!

    2 out of 10 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Your own seat at the bar

    Feel like Norm when everybody knows your name, because it's printed on your barstool! They will know you are a regular even if you can only come in once a year.

    6 out of 20 claimed
  • $2,500USD
    A drink named after you!

    BalSac will create a cocktail for the GWARbar and name it after you(no, it won't be called the "Ultimate C*cksucker")!

    1 out of 10 claimed
  • $10,000USD
    Private Party at GWARbar

    You pick the date and we'll close down the restaurant for your private party!

    0 claimed
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