By James Niedzinski
---- — DERRY — The owners of The Drinkery in Londonderry still plan to open a bar in Derry, even though their online fundraising effort fell short.
Andy Day and his fiancee Alana Wentworth hoped to raise $25,000 for their new venture through Kickstarter, an online fundraising site.
They fell short, getting just $5,246 in pledges, which are void since they didn’t reach their goal, for a new bar and eatery, Cask and Vine.
“Around the time our Kickstarter was about to expire, we started looking for private investors,” Wentworth said. “Luckily, we found somebody to cover the rest of the costs.”
The new bar will be at 1.5 East Broadway. Renovations on the 1,512-square-foot space will begin soon.
Wentworth said all the paperwork is in order.
“Everything is going according to plan,” she said, “and the town of Derry has been extremely helpful and enthusiastic in welcoming our new business.”
Typically, if a project on Kickstarter does meet its donation goal, no money is taken from those who pledged.
Despite this, people are still contributing $700 they pledged earlier in the month. In addition, people are still able to contribute to the Cask and Vine and receive the same same benefits as they would on Kickstarter. Those benefits range from stickers and discounts to engraved tables and plaques.
“With Kickstarter, we wanted to make it everybody’s place, not just ours,” Day said.
The couple is in the process of choosing contractors and food suppliers. They hope to sign the lease within a week or two, Day said.