VIDEO: Pub Owner Raises Money For 'Finishing Touches'

His plan is to open the pub, which will be named Griffins of Kinsale, by early May. But he's asking for the community's support to make it happen.

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.

You can donate HERE


Damon April 19, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Joe: Don't listen to the grumpy killjoy comments above. Usual cesspool of negativity and kneejerk reactions - judging something before it exists. If your pub is a cool place to hang out, we longtime South Pasadena residents will be there to support it. Thanks to people like Spidra and JP for reasoned thoughts, and as for the kneejerks above, take 5 seconds to think before you leave a comment, here or anywhere. Figure out why you derive some kind of pleasure from knocking people down, especially a well-intentioned person who wants to serve a community with an establishment that many will enjoy.
Thomas Bartke April 20, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Critics and Nay-Sayers: sounds like most of you don't get the concept of a "Kickstart Campaign". Why don't you pick an idea that you're passionate about, a dream that you've never thought you could turn into reality, and take action on it with your own Kickstart campaign, rather than picking on a guy who's done something that you haven't had the courage to do.
Just My Opinion May 01, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I have never owned a home...and I'm almost 60. Wanted to, but never could make enough to support my family as a single parent AND buy a house. So....I should ask the public to help me financially reach my dream of being a homeowner? Sounds great but it's not reality. Helloooo, if you want to open a business, have the money yourself and do it! I would never think to ask others to GIVE me money to become a homeowner. Not a loan...A GIFT! Sorry, that's bullshit in my book. And I would never financially support anyone, especially someone who's not family or a friend, to achieve their 'dream'. Anyone out there want to send me the gift of money, for free, so I can become a homeowner???? Yeah, I didn't think so
Cats in line May 08, 2012 at 04:46 PM
No they are not....we have always been a city with one bar, I was born here, and frankly I am looking forward to this, think he should raise his own money, but I would be willing to help fix it up. You are way too negative...just don't go there...that's statement enough.
Cats in line May 08, 2012 at 04:59 PM
No one is obliged to help this guy, he is just asking....I know of a young band, who just received help from a website to get their first album made...all the donations were made in the spirit of the love of good music...any donations made to this pub, should be the same...the love of a place where people in South Pasadena can get together, and share stories, and friendships, without having to go to Pasadena, which is way too crowded and raunchy...I can't see that happening here. I would love to donate, but I can't....but will anxiously await the opening of this much needed meeting place...for goodness sakes, people, it's only beer!


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