Rusty Quarters Arcade meets fundraising goal with hours to spare, will stay open

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On Facebook, Rusty Quarters' owners responded to meeting their fundraising goal with this message: "HOLY PAC-MAC PELLETS!!!!!!!!"
Last spring, Rusty Quarters needed to raise $3,000 in a short period of time to stay open. That donation drive was successful, but just a year later, Annie and Sage Spirtos, the wife-and-husband owners of the Lyn-Lake arcade, had to climb a steeper mountain to keep their fledging business afloat.

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In early March, citing high rent and declining business, the couple announced they needed to raise $8,000 by the end of May. The deadline was later moved up a month, and in recent days it looked as though Annie and Sage might fall just short. But last night, with just hours to spare, the fundraising goal was reached, and as of this morning Rusty Quarters had raised $8,520 with 19 hours still left in their Indiegogo campaign.

Anyone who has given $50 or does before the campaign ends tonight will receive a T-shirt emblazoned with Rusty Quarters' new logo (visible at the top of this post -- if you're interested in giving, click here for the Rusty Quarters Facebook page).

To be sure, it's a unique business model, but income is income regardless of whether it comes from folks playing games or devoted fans giving charitably.

Let's hope for everyone's sake that Rusty Quarters enjoys a strong year and doesn't have to fundraise again next spring, but Annie and Sage still face difficulties. In the March Indiegogo post where they announced this year's fundraising campaign, the Spirtoses wrote that their "RENT IS JUST TOO DAMN HIGH!" and said their lease runs through November of next year. In the same post, Annie and Sage wrote that the $8,000 they were trying to raise was for "compiled back rent."

"All we can do is try our best to get better attendance and keep Rusty Quarters open for 2 more years until we can find a larger place with cheaper rent, a proper HVAC system, running water and a grill," they wrote.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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GrimReaper
GrimReaper

ONCE AGAIN CRUSTY QUARTERS IS PLEADING FOR FINANCIAL HELP, ALBEIT UNDER A DIFFERENT MODEL THAN IT HAS PREVIOUSLY. 


THE BELL TOLLS FOR THEE, RUSTY. 


PEOPLE LOVE CLASSIC VIDEO GAMES, BUT THERE'S A CEILING. YOU GAVE IT A GOOD RUN.

BoycottRQ
BoycottRQ

How much will Rusty Quarters ask for next? There's no way they finish out their lease without more begging, since their rent is "too damn high."

By the way, how is it that rent is now too damn high? Wouldn't it have been too damn high when they signed the lease?

idiotwelfare
idiotwelfare

You guys are bums. Close your doors and give everyone their money back, you don't deserve it. 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

City Pages should champion Champions!


Rusty quarters merging with Champions bar and grill...bring the 80's back

SweetCharity
SweetCharity

I want such a place to succeed, but it still bothers me that it will take a constant act of charity to keep playable Frogger and Rampage machines available. 


This will not be the last time this independent, local business will ask for a handout, I guarantee it. They need $8K to keep the doors open, and last year the Rube complained that traffic dropped off significantly when the weather turned warmer. We haven't even had spring yet, so what are the odds RQ stays out of the red this summer? Perhaps word of mouth has helped build a bigger customer base and that will help the proprietors break even this summer, but I'm skeptical. 

It's nice to have a place to play Donkey Kong. Other than maybe Insert Coins (I've never been there) I don't know where you can play DK. Is keeping a publicly playable DK, and other such machines, really worth more than $11,000 in donations? 

Face it, if you want to play Ms. Pac-Man (which I can find at an occasional bar), Dig Dug and Mario Bros., you're going to have to continue to subsidize this business, wherever they're located. It's not a viable business.

By the way, how many local businesses are you willing to subsidize just so they can stay open? I wish you all would have dumped money into Liberty Custard in order to keep that open, or Liberty Custard would have asked for donations in order to stay open. 

By the way, what unproven, independent, local business will City Pages champion next? There must be others that deserve as much free publicity from CP as RQ.

 

GrimReaper
GrimReaper

MY ONLY QUESTION RIGHT NOW, HOW MUCH FREE PUBLICITY IS THIS LATEST PLEA FOR CHARITY GOING TO GET FROM CITY PAGES, AND CAN CP PROMOTE A FUNDRAISER FOR SOME OTHER LOCAL BUSINESSES?

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