Joe Griffin, the owner of South Pasadena's soon-to-be-open Irish pub, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help expedite the process.
And he's had luck—raising almost $6,000 in just one night.
The money will be used for "finishing touches," he says in his Kickstarter video above.
"This is authentic ... the way I have done things has been very thoughtful," he explains. "[The] Kickstarter [campaign] will pay for the barware, beautiful chandeliers I want to hang, crown molding..."
Griffin began renovating the space at 1007 Mission Street about a year and a half ago: "When I started, I stripped this place down to bare concrete, and everything that's in here now has a meaning and a purpose."
His plan is to open the pub, , by early May. But he's asking for the community's support to make it happen.
"I've had so many people stop me on the street and ask me about our opening date, I figured we had to find a way to get folks involved," said Griffin.
He's calling the project "Launch the Griffin."
People can donate as little as $1 or as much as $10,000, and the pub offers rewards at various levels, from a pewter tankard that will be filled each time you come to the pub to sending a supporter on a pub tour of Ireland.