Cause Spirits and Soundbar launches $25,000 crowdfunding campaign

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Photo by Erik Hess

The next couple of weeks prove to be crucial for the long-term survival of Cause Spirits and Soundbar. The Lyn-Lake venue closed in mid-July after five years in business, but earlier this month owner Mike Riehle said they'd fight for their right to stay open and be back by early September.

Part of the plan to get the club back on its feet is an Indiegogo campaign to the tune of $25,000. "We are willing to work harder than ever to restore what we had," it reads. "And to make it even better so that we can continue to earn your business and faith, and never have our backs to the wall again."

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The money will be spent on actual structural improvements to the space, including a new PA, and put toward mounting day-to-day bills.

From the Indiegogo page:

The Plan:
*Replace existing sound system with a new PA
*Repair and refurbish the live music stage
*Refinish the existing floors to preserve them through future wear and tear
*Service and maintenance of restrooms
*Patio improvements in furniture, lighting, music, etc.
*Restore the jukebox to its former glory as a curated homage to free music
*Restock food and spirits and keep current with utilities that have continued bills despite the venue being temporarily closed.

Donation levels start at $15 and can net you concert tickets, "I Helped the Cause Comeback" T-shirts, and your name on the Hall of Heroes. Even a custom Cause guitar built by owner Mike Riehle can be yours if you decide to drop $5,000 into the bucket. The campaign will run until the end of September. Learn more and donate below.

As of now, Cause has not announced an exact date for when shows will resume, but we'll let you know as soon as that information is public.

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Location Info

Cause Spirits & Soundbar - CLOSED

3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN

Category: Music

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Ashlee Elizabeth Martin
Ashlee Elizabeth Martin

Just a FYI. There is no promise that they have to use that money for cause. They can use it for anything... And there are many failing bars out there that just can't make it no matter how free their jukebox is... This place has ran it's course.


If you don't want to donate, there's a simple solution. Don't donate, instead of commenting on something that clearly not enough information has been made public about for us to make educated commentary on. 

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bring the sports bar

lakers or die

Jaakob Pesola
Jaakob Pesola

The sound was terrible, there's no disputing that. However, I question his right to ask for money after hyping up the close and shutting down. I will gladly go to shows if they open back up but the only money they're getting from me is for cover or drinks.

Jennifer Merchant
Jennifer Merchant

If patrons supporting your business isn't enough to sustain it, something is wrong, donating money will not make this a sustainable business, it will just prolong the inevitable.

Paul Hudalla
Paul Hudalla

A new PA? I have seen many thriving venues with terrible sound... Was the old one really so bad that it put them out of business? I never had issues with the sound there and it always seemed that bands were willing to play...


Aren't these business people? Provide a good/service in exchange for money? If I'm investing in a business to make improvements, I want money back + a percentage of the profits.  Not a glass or a t-shirt. No shortage of venues in the Twin Cities for music. 


This story is missing some information that would make it less confusing. If Cause had a signed 15 year lease how did the buildings owners intend to break that contract in order to bring in a tenant that would pay more rent? That list of improvements is going to cost a lot more than $25k if they actually intend to complete these.


yeah that's weird if you don't have enough cash to stay open that's an issue and why you should probably just close the doors. People say " oh I'm going to miss that place" all the time when things close, doesn't mean they actually mean it. 

Fundraising is for Nonprofits, let's stop with the nonsense. 


It should read "Cause, which closed a month ago, announced two weeks ago that they were re-opening, and not a single fucking question was raised on the behalf of our publication." 

So swing those wallets open for someones failing enterprise, it's YOUR responsibility to keep this place running, not the savvy business owner, nope... fund the failure. Get a bar glass, fill it from dirty tap lines; feel free to wonder why no one else operates this way.

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