Future Bed Stuy Bar is Looking for Funding

A Brooklyn couple, as well as the owner of Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg, are working on opening a bar at 1088 Fulton Street, between Classon and Franklin avenues. The bar will be called Doris and currently it’s about 80 percent built out. Once opened, there will be eight beers on tap, a selection of imported and American bottled beer, wine and a cocktail menu. But so far, the infrastructure work the owners have put into the space ended up running through most of the budget and taking longer than expected. Right now they are looking for investors and have also set up a GoFundMe page to raise the remaining funds needed. The money will go toward stereo equipment, building out the booths and other finishing touches. With the funding, the bar will be able to open in about six to eight weeks.
All We Wanna Do is Serve You a Drink! [GoFundMe] GMAP

47 Comment

  • 25 bux and they can’t do better than a free beer?

  • A fool and his money are soon parted.

    If they are stooping to this, there’s something wrong with the funding. I will bet that works as some sort of marketing ploy to the dumbass hipster crowd though which brings me right back to my first sentence.

  • looks like they are under-capitalized.
    Dave is looking for a new project, maybe he can pony up some capital.

  • i’m all for crowdfunding projects but the incentive here stinks in my opinion

  • there really shouldn’t be ANY incentive for these things. sure, you raise enough capital to open your doors, and then your cash flow is screwed the first several months because everyone is coming in for their freebies.

  • Man, commenters can be a nasty crowd. How do you know it’s a hipster bar? Do what if it is! This could be a person’s lifelong dream. A lot of people are turning to crowd funding these days– banks aren’t giving smal business loans and renovating an old building can be unbelievably costly. I, for one, am excited to see a new place coming to the neighborhood. I’d love a free beer.

  • i’m all for a new bar on this stretch of fulton but.. this is pathetic. what ever happened to hard work?

  • I’m going to donate (even though i hate this kickstarter ish). My first apartment in WB was about 50 steps from Pete’s and they were great neighbors. Happy to have em up on Myrtle and even closer on Fulton.

  • This isn’t crowd funding. They aren’t asking for a loan or pre-selling merchandise or services. They are asking for a straight hand out.

  • I said it was a marketing ploy geared towards hipsters, which it is.

  • Whatever, anon. When this place opens, go in and tell me what you see.

    But go ahead, send your $25 in to GoFundMe

  • It has taken them three months to raise a bit over $2,000. I don’t see $20,000 in cash digitally flying into their account. I wish anyone who is trying to open a small business well and it is true that banks are not always eager to fund these types of ventures. I doubt this is their only effort to raise money for their business. “GoFundMe” is there. It seems to work a little. A few people have felt compelled to give a little. It doesn’t smell like a scam and if someone is gullible enough to think forking over money they can’t spare for a free beer is a good idea, they should move to a different part of the world. DIBS is right, though…the evidence points to hipsterish antecedents. Who else gives money to GoFundMe or Kickstarter?
    The people who seem to make a killing on Kickstarter seem to be the people who need the money the least. Just last year we had the scandal of the hipster “rocker” Amanda Palmer who started a Kickstarter for her fans to pay for her new album recording. I think she asked for 100k and got over $1.2 million. After banking more than ten times her initial “beg,” she didn’t pay her band, all made up of musician fans she duped into “volunteering.” That is quite the operation. These aspiring beer house owners should be so lucky.
    Not that I have money to give to this sort of thing, but “GoFundMe” as a name is nauseating. It’s rude and bossy. There is no “please” and it sounds entitled and, well, hipsterish.

    • another broad generalization. using Amanda Palmer as your example of “people who seem to make a killing on kickstarter seem to be the people who need the money the least” is a red herring. again, i’m not donating because i don’t like the incentive and i don’t live in the hood but gimme a break.

      • A red herring because she raked in 10 times her goal? I am broad, but I seldom generalize. As I said, I wish them well. Any generalization was about these “capitalization businesses” that “help” individuals raise money for a project or small business. When they become a verb as well as a noun, like Kickstarter, they perpetuate generalization and place a greater demand on the hopeful entrepreneurs to sell themselves to benefactors. The reputation or perceived reputation of “FundMeNOW” or “Kickstarter” supersedes the bar, food cart, etc.
        I’m not Ayn Rand, honey. Eat, drink, and be hip, kids.

  • It never ceases to amaze me to watch people get so offended by other people trying to live their dream. Banks are not lending to anyone except those who already have the money they need, and not everyone can save up half a lifetime in order to get something done, as chances are, you’ll never get to do it.

    I’m not going to opine on whether investing in a bar or restaurant is a good move or not, that’s up to those who crunch numbers, or do elaborate spread sheets and projections. But these days, to expect to have enough money to get a place, renovate, do start up costs, and still have a year’s reserve in the bank, means that the only people who will be opening businesses are the spouses and children of the uber-rich.

    It may be cool that the child of some famous person can open a hip and happening candy shop or bar, and the place can be fabulous, that’s great, but as a cash-poor, but talented entrepreneur, I like to hear about people who start with nothing but a dream, and create an empire. Or a least a successful business. They are me, with more nerve, or a better opportunity for success.

    If dirty hipster, or anyone else wants to support these guys, because they believe in them, or just want a nice place in the neighborhood, more power to them. I hope they are successful.

    • nicely said. i remember when we first moved to williamsburg that Pete’s was offering free afternoon concerts for kids – we didn’t know many people, and they provided a great venue for hanging out with our then toddler. i think that if you live near this place, you should pitch in. they’re good people as dirty said.

  • If only they were going to sell toxic financial derivatives instead of beer, then they would be worthy of a bailout.

  • We are talking about donations to open a bar, not a library, or children’s center, etc. Thousands in New Jersey and New York have lost their homes and/or businesses to hurricane Sandy and folks think the best use of their money is to make a donation to open a bar in Brooklyn. Hipster idiocracy.

    • Oh come on, that’s unfair too. A lot of people gave generously to disaster relief, and are still giving or helping. And so-called hipsters did their share as well. Even they get to go have a beer. If donating to this place means you are helping 3 bartenders, two busboys, and a couple of waitstaff have jobs, how is that any less noble than texting $10 to the Red Cross?

      I’m not in any way downgrading relief and charity efforts to Sandy or anywhere else, but that’s a false dichotomy that you’ve created. Why not rail at the people who are, even as we speak, buying $4 million dollar brownstones? They could be rebuilding Far Rockaway.

      Why hold hipsters to standards we don’t hold to ourselves?

  • Whatever. Labels aside, I want Petes in my neighborhood. Thats well worth 25 bucks. I dont think all of the commenters below have been to Petes. They are one of my favorites.

  • I don’t think its anyone’s “dream” to open a bar on Fulton st. in brooklyn.

    generally speaking, people who move to NY dream of being someone famous. Artist, designer, writer, actor, dancer, musician, photographer, film maker, producer, you get the idea. Or, dream of making a lot of money.

    when reality sets in, people turn to what they think is easy or what will make them easy money.

    Bars and coffee shops. the reality in those, neither is easy and for the most part- neither makes a lot of money.

    then there are those who do what they like doing…. butcher, baker, mayonnaise maker. ok, mayonnaise maker was sortof a joke, but you get the idea. the only problem with those types is when they want to be the next “…king” or “…celebrity” of those trades.

    I think I would be more willing to fund someone who wants to provide a useful trade to the neighborhood (not that bars are not useful), but just another watering hole is just like driving a camero in the 80’s

    • hipster,

      judging from the photos, if you’re psyched about this place, your standards must be low.

        • dirty,

          yes, yes… srsly. what more info is needed? 80% built out. two photos. your statement. If the photos are current to when they ran out of money, they are more than 20% away from completion. They say they are serving food. Is the kitchen finished? I wish them well, but would not invest – even $25.

          btw, you throw the term douche around like you wear the crown. Is it your way of flexing your internet muscles? ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • if the shoe fits…something something.

            WTF are you talking about? I’m excited for the FINISHED product. If I want to sit around reclaimed wood and sniff my own farts I’ll go down the block to Alice’s Arbor or walk ten minutes in the other direction to Roman’s.

            And yeah, don’t invest your 25 dollars – I’ll DONATE mine. Should you? Probably not. As I mentioned above this place resonates with me personally as I would frequent the owners previous establishment

            *insert disingenuous winking emoticon*

          • lol

            oh dirty…

            do the all caps denote yelling over the interweb?

            Call it an investment or a donation… either way its an investment in the community, no?

            I said invest $25 in that regard, not as if I would see an actual return on the $25.

            And from the photos, I can tell the “FINISHED” product is not going to be something to be excited about.

            I understood you were attaching some fondness to Pete’s as if its going to be Pete’s on Fulton. I suspect you are going to be disappointed. If Pete is involved and let this place run out of cash at this point in the game, perhaps the Pete’s you love is successful in spite of Pete.

  • across from a church how did they pull that off (WHO in cb3 got money under the table)

  • His standards are low. I’ve been drinking with him. He’s also always on the lookout for girls who make bad decisions.

  • after looking at the pictures again, i’m thinking this place is less than 50% complete.