Hi everyone, although things were looking up for a while, COVID cases surged all over the world the past few months and Thailand was placed under lockdown again with no end in sight. It sounds like the TQ was the last one standing among all the other bars in Pattaya and Bangkok (that were under the same land owner). With your incredible support, we were able to fight to keep the bar running for several months without revenue.
As funds have dried up once more and bars not being able to open, we have been forced to close the bar permanently. Keeping the bar afloat has been an emotional rollercoaster since the pandemic began. As of this week, the TQ is officially closed. We are genuinely appreciative of everyone's support and I am sorry to have to share the sad news. Please stay safe and take care of your loved ones.
My father, Woody, has been living as an expat in Thailand for over 30 years. He spent most of his time helping children in need using the motorcycle-club turned charity drive, the Jesters’ Care 4 Kids. With his good friend Bob, Woody co-owns a well-known rock & roll bar in Pattaya, and that has been their only source of income for the past several decades. The pandemic has worn down tourism and thus businesses across Thailand, and soon the bar will no longer be able to stay afloat. With another lockdown being imminent, I’m hoping to help the bar limp along until businesses can operate as usual again.
Over 30 years ago my father Woody and his friend Bob took over a small rock & roll bar which has been frequented by tourists, locals and members of the U.S. troops for years. It was there when Pattaya was still considered a small fishing village, and has now become the oldest bar in this busy and bustling city by the Gulf of Thailand. It is called the Tahitian Queen or TQ.
The bar also served as a hub for The Jester’s Motorcycle Club and subsequently the Jesters’ Care 4 Kids charity drive. A club my father has spent almost half his life dedicating in order to help children of all ages, including disabled children, orphaned children, abandoned children, and schools in Thailand. The club has worked closely with the Fountain of Life Children’s Center for 20+ years: http://folptty.org/folc/
My father is known by the Thais and expats across Pattaya for his charity work and contribution to the community via the annual Jester’s Care 4 Kids Fair and Gala Party (Charity Auction). Since he has been almost the sole organizer for both events he has had to retire from this role as he reaches an older age. Now, the Jesters rely solely on annual sponsors to help fund their work and help other non-profit charities in Thailand.
The charity drive has always been where my father dedicated most of his time in Thailand. The TQ served as a way to keep him and his family afloat while doing so. He has a strong relationship with the Thai staff who has been with us all these years.
In the wake of this pandemic, my father and fellow Jester’s only form of income is at stake. His own money has already been reinvested into the bar to keep it afloat. This is the only way I can think of to help him. Not only will you be helping the owners of this business but the 100+ Thai staff who have worked with Woody for years. Any amount of donation will be greatly appreciated.
Because it is a business in Thailand, I will send the funds to my bank account before transferring to the Thai one. If you would like to donate directly to the Thai one, please message me and I will give you the details. This will be our New Years present to him!
If you would like to donate to the charity drive, please check out https://www.care4kids.info
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