Black & Tan Hall Seed Money

$25,641 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 361 people in 29 months
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Emily Naftalin
on behalf of Rodney Herold
The Black & Tan Hall began last spring, as a dream born among a small group of visionaries in the Hillman City neighborhood of Seattle. Their dream involved music, delicious cuisine, and a place where all members of our diverse and vibrant community could be explicitly welcome to share their voice and passions. Ben Hunter, Tarik Abdullah, and Rodney Herold knew that they wanted to create a space that challenged the current way we run business.

As more of us signed on to help with the development of the business, we were drawn to the idea of creating a community-run business that is diversity-forward, that fosters consensus and idea-sharing, and that reflects the many cultures and energies that make up our community. We are excited about building a for-profit company whose central focus is people rather than profits. Our dream is to create a space that defines success in terms of how well we listen to and respond to the passions and needs of the South Seattle community and beyond, and - amazingly - we are realizing it.

The Black & Tan Hall is a worker-owned LLC Partnership, such that all partners are also investors of their time and money in the company. We have been financed entirely by the contribution - monetary and otherwise - of the partners who have signed on to invest in the business and see it through to successful completion. Via a unique ownership model, our partners are financing and building the company by investing our own funds and doing all of the work -- from the flooring to the painting to the city permitting to the cooking to the serving.

Thus far, through hundreds of hours of time spent by the partners, we have nearly finished remodeling the space - a long and energy-intensive process of gutting the old space and refurbishing it from the inside out and top to bottom. We have pulled up rotted carpet, refurbishd the walls, built new furniture, improved the stage, laid flooring, painted, sanded, stained, cleaned, and otherwise created the beautiful new hall -- one whose aesthetic uniquely represents the hearts and minds of various creative individuals. We have hired an electrician, a plumber, and a sign-maker for the facade; everything else was done and financed by us.

We are nearly done improving the space and have been working hard to set up our business infrastructure, as we are so incredibly excited be open as soon as permits are in place. In place of a traditional top-down ownership structure, we are committed to a unique community-driven formation in which ideas come from the community and our circle of partners listen to and coalesce around positive, sound, and well-thought-out plans and ideas. We cannot wait to open and share our dream with the public.

This is where you come in. We are looking for seed money to finalize the remodel, finish stocking the restaurant and bar, and continue to pay rent before we have a revenue stream as an open business. As noted above, we are financing this entirely on our own. We are not looking to banks or seeking loans; this is a space made for the community and built on community funds.

A final push for capital will allow us to see this through. Your contribution will allow us to:

- Stock the kitchen with food and essential supplies
- Purchase beer, wine, and accoutrements for the bar
- Finalize the build-out of the kitchen and bar
- Construct a beautiful sign to hang out front and paint the building’s facade
- Reupholster our booths, which we are recycling from the previous occupants
- Procure and display artwork from local artists
- Assemble the sound system and make improvements on the stage
- …. And SO much more to allow us to open with a fully functional, aesthetically pleasing, safe space that will serve the community for many years to come.

Please consider contributing to help us attain seed money for this business. Below are the various levels at which you can contribute. Remember that along with the perks listed, you will get to be a part of an organization that is community-driven, people-based, and imbued with compassion, humanity, wisdom, and fun. In today’s age, that means a lot. We are grateful for any contribution, so do choose the level that is right for you.

Also, please note that any contributions made through the GoFundMe campaign will be a no-strings-attached contribution - a one-time donation for which we are deeply grateful. If you would like to support us as a monthly subscriber or as an partner, or if you would like to know about the Black & Tan and the different ways to be involved, please see the “Join us” page on our website.  

Thank you!
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Dear Wonderful GoFundMe Donors,

We have some important information to share with you about your thank you gifts!


If you donated at $100 dollar level, please contact to let us know what shirt size we should ship. Our t-shirts are black unisex models with our logo printed on them. Please put “GoFundMe” in the subject line.

If you think that your address may have changed, please let us know at Please put “GoFundMe” in the subject line.


We have two events in January during which you can pick up your gift:

— January 26: 6pm - 9pm 
Family Karaoke Night!
The Hillman City Collaboratory

— January 28th: 9am - 1pm 
Pop Up Brunch
Atrium Kitchen at Pike Place Market

If you know that you can’t be at either of these event, please reach out to and we will discuss other ways to get your gift to you! If we don’t see you at an event or at the Hall before the end of March, we will get them to you the old-fashioned way: a personal delivery at your doorstep! Please put “GoFundMe” in the subject line.

If you don’t want your gift, we offer you heartfelt thanks for your donation. Please let us know at Please put “GoFundMe” in the subject line.

Everyone, we cannot say thank you again for supporting our dream here at the Black and Tan Hall. We truly could not have gotten this far without. Thank you for believing in us and in our vision for a vibrant community that offers good food, good times, hospitality, and humanity to everyone who comes through our doors.

We look forward to delivering your gifts. Please respond with the appropriate details as soon as you are able.

With love,
Black & Tan Hall Partners
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Swing on by the Black & Tan Hall-i-Day Celebration TONIGHT!

Here's what's on the menu:
- YOUR GoFundMe gift, ready for pick up!
- Unique locally sourced items from a variety of vendors
- Gift wrapping
- Our B&TH house band
- Karaoke
- Chef Tarik Abdullah's yummy food
- Cookies to decorate
- Mulled wine and hot cocoa
- And much more!

'Twill be a grand ole time, friends. Hope to see you there!

Hillman City Collaboratory: 5623 Rainier Ave S,
Admission is free! Family friendly, so bring the whole gang!

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Another huge thank you to our GoFundMe donors!

Be our guest THIS FRIDAY at our winter celebration! All our lovely donors can pick their gifts and stick around for good times with the Black & Tan Hall community.

Chef Tarik Abdullah is preparing delicious winter victuals and cordials to warm your belly and soul. Our House Band has been practicing for weeks to bring you karaoke Black & Tan style. And, we have hand selected local artists and entrepreneurs to bring you one-of-a-kind treasures for our auction and marketplace (check out some of our partners below). Our partners will even wrap your gifts for you!

Admission is free. Please bring a gift of non-perishable food for the Rainier Valley Food Bank.

See you there, friends!
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Hi GoFundMe Donors!

Exciting announcement:

Please join us this coming Friday, DECEMBER 22, for a Black & Tan Hall-i-Day Celebration!

We will have your long-awaited GoFundMe gifts there for you to pick up!

The shirts look great and the CDs are itching to be played. We can't wait to share them with you!

We'll also have vendors and a silent auction for all your last minute holiday shopping needs! Plus food, drink, stories, karaoke, and so much more. Come meet all your Black & Tan Hall friends as we get those festive vibes a-flowin' and party the night away!

If you join us for this community event, you save us the postage and get to meet other GoFundMe donors when you pick up your gift at the Celebration.

We hope to see you there! Bring your friends and family!

Friday, December 22, 6-10pm
Hillman City Collaboratory
Admission free!

RSVP here!

For our friends from out of town, we hope you're getting festive wherever you are! You can look for your gift in the mail in the coming weeks.

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$25,641 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 361 people in 29 months
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Created February 2, 2017
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Vanessa Richards
17 months ago

Cooperative conjuring. Thank you.

18 months ago
Terrance Jorgensen
18 months ago

You Folks do great work

Amelia Bachleda
18 months ago
andrew sullivan
18 months ago
Rodney Herold
18 months ago
Christina Engelbart
18 months ago

You guys are a blessing to the community, and an inspiration to communities everywhere. Keep up the great work!

18 months ago
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