Having missed earlier projections, but now firmly promising an early June debut, Main Street's ReBar is looking for some last-minute help with their finishing funds. Owner Derek Stonebarger has turned to Indiegogo and in just four days has already met an initial goal of $10,000, with a month of fund raising still left to go.
Stonebarger's personal "American dream bar" works under the creed of "recycle, repurpose and reuse," where almost everything inside the bar, including your glass, your stool, the lighting, the table or the chairs is for sale. Neon signs, vintage electronics and nearly 40 cuckoo clocks will all be priced to move.
Joining "one of the cheapest happy hours downtown," the bar will be serving "John Mull's Meat Sausage" available in "brat, hot link or mild link" choices from locals John Mull's Meats and Road Kill Grill and served on "Great Buns" pretzel rolls.
Guests are encouraged to buy an antique stein and keep it on their shelves until the next time you visit, but prior to opening, the Indigogo campaign hopes you'll first buy a bar tab of food and drink, with perks like T-shirts and special event invites for early patrons.
Among the Rebar antiques, oddities and collectibles Stonebarger is promoting for sale in his YouTube promotional video, is a "death mask" cast from the deceased body of Abraham Lincoln, "a day after he was shot." Oddity hunters are advised only a "life mask" was ever created. The originals reside in Washington, D.C.'s Ford's Theatre.