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


Betty Jean April 14, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Are you kidding?
Amber Duran April 15, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Open your doors and sell me a beer. That will make you lots of money to pay for the chandeliers.
Simon Chambers April 15, 2012 at 02:09 PM
This joke is about as authentic as American fish and chips!!! A "bar" from Indiana? Chandeliers? You really haven't a clue if this your idea of authentic mate. Put your begging bowl away and just open as what it really is - just another run of the mill pretentious watering hole.
Kristi Simmons April 15, 2012 at 04:29 PM
We have been anxiously awaiting your opening! It sounds like it is going to be a very inviting place to sit and enjoy a beer and friends. Can't wait!
Janet Cartwright April 15, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Not a good way to open your business. Usually we see this kind of campaign when someone is trying to save a business. Seems desperate I think. Why contribute money to someone's business that may not even be around a year from now?
H.M. April 15, 2012 at 05:15 PM
I have to agree with Jane, great way to start a business. Are the people of SP that desperate for another place to get their drunk on?
spidra April 15, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I'm really taken aback by the negativity here. Kickstarter and other crowdfunding sites have been turned to by many individuals and businesses to raise money for projects from book publishing, record album recording, web series to industrial design. Nothing forces you to contribute to it. Those who want to support the proposed pub by helping to pay for furnishings can do so, those who don't don't have to. Banks aren't loaning to small businesses much anymore. But we still need new businesses to provide jobs and oomph to our economy. Crowdfunding is one way to get around the stonewalling of banks. Is the proposed business a good risk and something you'd want to contribute to? That's up to you. But I'd rather have a nice pub there that is providing sales tax revenue to our city and drawing customers that may spend their money at other Mission businesses than a vacant spot. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowd_funding
Betty Jean April 15, 2012 at 10:22 PM
He wants $ for bar wear, chandeliers, and crown molding. Shouldn't bar wear be in the top 5 of things to buy for a bar? There's more to this story.
Janet Cartwright April 15, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Yeah, no kidding.
Janet Cartwright April 15, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Bar "ware", actually ;)
Betty Jean April 15, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Sorry. :)
*Ron Rosen* April 15, 2012 at 11:19 PM
But actually, I need money for "barwear" along with some fashion tips.
Janet Cartwright April 15, 2012 at 11:25 PM
I know, Ron, I'm not sure what to wear either...
Kurt Arisohn April 16, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Desperate....Way to cut a man down for trying a creative ways to fund one portion of his business endeavor! As far as I'm concerned a kickstarter campaign is a great way to start a business. Joe, I'm in at $500 and I look forward to your grand opening - chandeliers & all!
JP April 16, 2012 at 05:33 AM
First, Spidra, very well said. The guy (or whoever recommended it to him) is smart for taking advantage of kickstarter (he's already at $7k!), and if crowdfunding had kicked in earlier (it's about friggen time such a law passed) and griffins was offering shares in exchange for small investments, heck, I'd invest. Downtown South Pas needs a bar, not a restaurant bar, but an actual bar with style and aesthetic thought put into it, as a walkable place to dive into to slake immediate thirst instead of driving to HP, OTP, HW, etc. Griffin's looks like it will be that place... As to donating, some people might think it's cool that for example $25 bucks gets your name on the wall of supporters. Second, Janet, kickstarter, as the name implies, is for people who are trying to start a business, it is not just used for "those kind of campaigns", i.e. for flailing or moribund businesses. Third, Janet, again, who the eff cares if it was spelled with wear or ware, please people. Fourth, Simon, the guy ain't begging, he's inviting. People first started going to him, not vice versa. Oh, and fish and chips might not be American, but Kickstarter, Apple, Microsoft, google, and even the internet are. Keep your unpretentious fish and chips, mate.
*Ron Rosen* April 16, 2012 at 05:42 AM
Back in 1988, I had a chance to invest in Nancy Silverton's Campanile restaurant. Too bad I didn't.
linda krausen April 16, 2012 at 06:28 AM
Most of all, how come the city is allowing yet another bar in South Pasadena.? Especially one that's just steps away from that half-way house for ex-felons at Prospect.. Apparently those in our city who approved this primarily drinking establishment have forgotten that South Pasadena was founded by people fleeing the rowdy bar-infested atmosphere of Pasadena in the day and purposefully moved down here to establish a family- oriented community, which is why we never did have an actual bar in the city detached from dining before. Plus, I wonder what kind of business plan this establishment is based on? For an serious enterprise like this-- in a high end city, in a prime location, you have to have a very solid business plan to start with,-- to get approved and loans etc. Something doesn't sound right to be raising money for essential equipment in order to actually serve your wares to the public. UsuI agree- shouldn't that be number one? .
MH April 16, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Rather than giving Joe a 'hand-out' I'm sure there are SP residents who would support his pub by investing in its success. It's an easy concept: I loan Joe $$ and he pays me back (plus a bit more). I frequent his pub because I'm invested and want it to be a success. Voila!
spidra April 16, 2012 at 07:12 PM
"Yet another bar"? I know of no other bars in So Pas besides ones that are part of a restaurant. I was raised (by a family, shockingly) in So Pas and I'd like the ability to go to an establishment in my town that's limited to adults. While I like and feel protective of the small town atmosphere of So Pas, I don't think a pub jeopardizes it. And if you want to start harkening back to 1888, remember that neither you nor I would have the vote back then and So Pas had racial covenants. Not everything that was the case when So Pas was founded is worth holding onto. Unless the founder is filthy rich, and sometimes even then, EVERY business raises money to start. They often do it by asking a bank or credit union for a loan. Sometimes they ask friends & relatives. I'm not even sure the founder of the pub asked that the video be linked to Patch. It could be that he circulated the Kickstarter campaign among his friends & family but someone on Patch saw it and posted it here. If you don't agree with the pub, don't contribute. If a Kickstarter campaign seems like "begging" to you, don't contribute. Where this high dudgeon comes from is mystifying. As for the business plan, do you get to see anyone else's business plan in town? If the business fails, it fails. Many food & drink-related businesses don't make it because the profit margin is small. http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/content/apr2007/sb20070416_296932.htm
Elias Baldwin April 16, 2012 at 10:55 PM
You actually have that bit of SP history a little backwards. Pasadena was the dry town, with an ordinance banning alcohol sales (with the exception of some hotels including The Raymond). Among South Pasadena's earliest businesses, within a year or so of its incorporation, was a "beer garden" which sat at the present location of Orange Grove Park. (which later became the location of an orphanage of sorts). In fact, Pasadena's dryness was so infamous, that it was one of the primary factors in "Lucky" Baldwin's decision process on where to build his race track and hotel in present day Santa Anita. He conceived it as a place of refuge from Pasadena for those wishing to imbibe and let their hair down. All of that said, I am doubtful that a bar without the food sales of a restaurant can survive in SP.
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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