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The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.

$22,582 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 90 people in 3 months
Created September 29, 2018
Dear friends, family, strangers, and supporters of the Oxford comma,

It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. 

And then this happened:

The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. is still in the process of opening our new location at 424 Eaton Street.

Following the financial hit of Hurricane Irma and the sale of our building, we found this a necessary, if not wholly inevitable move.

Nine years after Fred and I opened The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., we again find ourselves and our exceptional staff continuously and exhaustively working with delirious joy – and the occasional panic – recreating what made The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. so special to Key West, to us, and to our many guests – quite a few of whom we now lovingly consider our dearest friends. Our successes are measured in this.

We are thrilled, however, with our new neighborhood, our new frontier, as it were. Our new neighbors have been overwhelmingly generous in welcoming us as we seek out a new life in this strange new world.

To share our brand new/same old restaurant with everyone is our greatest anticipation.

(Cue mood swing. Think Sarah McLachlan and her busted up dogs.)

Unfortunately, despite our best efforts in planning a smooth transition, opening the new location has taken a rather challenging turn.

Key West has faced no shortage of financial challenges for employers and employees in the year following Hurricane Irma. Ours has been no different.

Thus, we find ourselves here, asking for your help.

Financial assistance from the pretender to the throne of Nigeria has gone horribly astray.

So, to borrow a phrase:  Help us...You're our only hope.

As of October 1, The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. is no longer generating an income. Income that fueled our move to Eaton Street; income that supported a staff of ten and provided for their families; income that Fred and I always put back into The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. to make her a better dining experience.

We expected this situation to remain unchanged through the month of November. 

Our goal–our pledge–is to continue to remain intensely focused and have finished this project at 424 Eaton Street as quickly as possible, making certain that the staff of The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. neither needlessly suffer nor worry through these unexpected bureaucratic delays and surprise expenses incurred while undertaking this grand enterprise.

Thank you for considering us.

Regards,
Scot & Fred
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Update 3
Posted by Richard Scot Forste
2 months ago
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Thank you to everyone who has so far donated to The Flaming Buoy's GoFundMe page. Without your help we would never be as far along as we are. Your generosity has been invaluable in ways too numerous to list. In all honesty, we wouldn't have made rent without your donations.

While we still have quite a few hurdles ahead of us (like next months rent), opening our doors is starting to feel like a reality.

I probably just cursed us.

Which is probably what happened in the first place and why we're here thanking you for helping us through this mind-numbing experience.

Note to self: Kharma is pronounce, "Ha!"

Thank you all and, please, feel free to stop by 424 Eaton Street if not just to say hello, but to see what we've accomplished with your help.

Regards,
Scot & Fred
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Update 2
Posted by Richard Scot Forste
2 months ago
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TK-421 is back at his post!

Thanks to everyone who've donated so far to The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.'s GoFundMe campaign! Your donations have been invaluable. We are nearly halfway to our goal.!

Our final permit was approved just last week (more than three months after submission), a missing puzzle piece which allows us to finally to move forward with the many projects that were on hold.

While we yet have quite a few hurdles ahead of us, your donations have allowed us to keep on keeping' on.

I must also thank our dear friends and staff members of The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. who have donated a lot of sweat equity during this drag of a month.

The horizon is just over the horizon.

Thank you.

Regards, Scot & Fred
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Update 1
Posted by Richard Scot Forste
3 months ago
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Thanks to everyone who have so far donated to The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.'s GoFundMe campaign. We can't begin to express how truly grateful we are.

While we yet have quite a few hurdles in our immediate future, the relief you've provided has been invaluable.

Your donations have kept us inspired and motivated. We're now not only working hard for us, but for you, too. Fred, The Staff, and I so look forward to the day we can introduce you to our new home 424 Eaton Street.

Please, feel free to stop by and see how far we have come with your help. This place is truly special.
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Raised by 90 people in 3 months
Created September 29, 2018
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