Hello friends, family, and future customers! Thank you for taking the time to read and consider our GoFundMe campaign.
For those that don't know, we are Robby and Chieko, a husband-and-wife team who had a dream of owning our own bar. We made our dream a reality when we opened Barringer Bar & Lounge at the beginning of 2014. Things were running smoothly and business was great — even though we were a young bar, we were named one of the hottest bars in Houston
by Zagat, and made Zagat's list of hottest bars in America!
— but when we were abruptly locked out
by the person/bar we were subleasing from downstairs, we were suddenly bar-less (and have been for the past 3+ months). While we are currently dealing with a legal fight, we are looking at the brighter side of things and are moving forward with our dreams of having our own physical bar again.
Which leads us to this happy announcement: we are ecstatic that we have signed a lease for another space in downtown Houston!
We are looking forward to designing another Barringer with a similar look and feel as the original: we will pay homage to the deep history of downtown Houston with the exposed brick, antique furniture, and historical archives that we shared with our410 location. Luckily, we are only a few blocks away from our original location, and the space was previously a bar as well, so the turn-around time should be relatively quick. We are hoping the move will be bigger and better for our business and for our amazing and loyal clients who have been patiently waiting with us.
The first Barringer was a collaboration of our entire life savings, friends helping, calling in favors, and good old-fashioned elbow grease. This time around, we are fortunate enough to have the same help... minus the savings. The unfortunate truth is that we put all of our personal funds into making our first dream a reality, and now with our legal fight and the work we put into the old location, we are having a hard time doing this alone. Please help us with getting the new bar off the ground!
Any amount will do! We know that the goal is high; however, every dollar will go towards materials, equipment, and overhead to get the doors open.
Thank you again and we look forward to serving you soon!
-Chieko & Robby
(Us looking a wee bit tired after the Barringer grand opening but totally worth it!)