[toronto] Seinfeld themed pop-up bar
JULY 14, 2016
The planned Seinfeld-themed pop-up bar isn’t happening, one of the organizers tells the Star, but he still hopes it can. It was supposed to launch on Friday.
One of the organizers, Mackenzie Keast, says the event wasn’t a scam, merely an ambitious idea that couldn’t find funding. He says he’s still hopeful it will one day be a reality.
The party made a splash among fans of the ’90s sitcom when it was first announced in February. Its Facebook page — still online as of Thursday evening — promised a look-alike Monk’s Diner set-up with “Kenny Rogers Chicken, calzones, No Soup For You, big salads, sexy pastramis, marble rye sandwiches chocolate babka, muffin tops. . .”
The launch was to include a $300 prize for the best Seinfeld costume and a “little kicks dance-off,” and was widely covered in the media. Nearly 10,000 people on Facebook said they would attend, and another 24,000 indicated they were “interested.”
Keast, who spoke to the Star at a café in the Distillery District Thursday, said it all stemmed from a desire to make a cooler Seinfeld-themed bar than a George Costanza restaurant in Melbourne, which also calls itself “A Bar About Nothing.”
Being an event planner and entrepreneur, Keast built some hype around his planned pop-up, but soon realized making it happen would entail much more than he expected.
“I don’t like feeling like this is something that isn’t going to happen. I want to make it happen. And I want to make it right,” the 29-year-old says.
He and his friends devised a plan to use the money from a ticket pre-sale to build the bar inside a space that had been offered to them for free. Still, Keast was afraid they wouldn’t be able to follow up on the promise.
So, when the tickets went live on June 29, he gave all 250 of them to himself for free, so they automatically sold out. He says those who claimed to have tickets on social media were just his friends “trolling.”
“My hope the whole time was that someone (an investor) was going to come forward or that we would find someone who saw the value in putting this on,” he says.
Keast figured the planned opening date, July 15, would pass and the more than 20,000 people who were waiting for it would think it happened and move on. He regrets not being forthright, but believes it could still be pulled together in weeks with enough capital.
Many caught on that no tickets had actually been sold and complained to Eventbrite, the online seller, which scrubbed the event from its website.
“The Trust & Safety team was unable to confirm the event is taking placeand therefore took appropriate steps to un-publish it from our platform at this time,” Amanda Livingood, a spokesperson for Eventbrite, told the Star in an email.
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Seinfeld tv show -themed pop-up bar opening july 15, 2016
592 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON
you'll soon be able to visit Monk's Diner thanks to the Seinfeld-themed pop-up bar, which is slated to open on July 15.
Tickets to the opening party go on sale on June 29 at 12:30 p.m. These tickets are non-transferable and there will be a limit of two per person. Nearly 25,000 people are interested in the event on Facebook, so you better act quickly if you want in.
Along with serving Hennigans, schnapps and beer, the pop-up will feature big salads, Kenny Rogers Chicken and muffin tops.
After the opening party the bar will be open daily and will host trivia nights and karaoke.
In all the marketing material, the organizers are calling it "a summer-long pop-up bar and restaurant parodying Monk's Diner from 'Seinfeld,'".
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its facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1753270924903690/