We bought The Venue in June of 2011 with a simple but ambitious vision: to be the best place to listen to and play live music in the Treasure Valley. Up to this point, we've worked on this goal by upgrading the sound and lighting system, and cleaning out and renovating the bathrooms, dance floor and back rooms used by the bands, and reaching out like never before to the entire music community.
We've also brought in new music and performers so that The Venue can be a home where southwest Idaho's artists and fans can create and express themselves. This was a continuation of the vision of the prior owners of The Venue.
Another tradition that we've carried on is to feed touring bands a hot, fresh meal before the show. This tradition has earned us the loyalty and appreciation of countless performers who've come to look forward to a stop in Boise for some genuine Idaho hospitality.
The Beatnik Cafe
We feel that to take the next step to become southwest Idaho's best place to play and listen to live music, we should share that hospitality with all our guests. After all, what could make a show better than a hot plate of food or snack, and a cold beverage? The Beatnik Cafe will serve hot sandwiches, soups, salads, and bistro fare such as nachos, pizza, and chicken fingers. And not just in the evening, but during the day as well, giving our neighbors, friends and local students a place to come and grab a cup of morning coffee or espresso, some lunch, and an afternoon snack. Or maybe a place just to come and check out the records and merchandise of their favorite local bands and buy tickets to upcoming shows.
Beer and Wine sales for our over 21 crowd
And, although The Venue will always be all-ages, we feel it's time to give our older fans another reason to choose The Venue for their night off...that's right, we hope to be introducing beer and wine sales at The Beatnik Cafe for our fans with ID once our restaurant license is up and running.
So, what do we need? We need $15,000 to pay for food service equipment, including freezers and refrigerators, a meat slicer, ovens, and commercial espresso and coffee makers. We also need to perform renovations inside the kitchen to bring us up to code to get a restaurant license, and money to construct a space for our guests to sit and enjoy a meal during the day or before a show. Just remember, under Kickstarter's rules, if a project doesn't get full funding, it doesn't get funded at all, so let's work together to make The Beatnik Cafe a reality!
If we receive contributions over the stated request amount (around $40,000), our next-stage goal is to create a balcony space over the kitchen and cafe so our more mature fans can have a premium experience overlooking the dance floor and stage. Can you see it in your mind? How about this design, courtesy of Monica at Carol's Design House?
Thank you for supporting The Venue and believing in our vision to be the best place to listen to and play live music in Idaho. Regardless of whether you can donate to the cause directly, please get the word out by reposting this link on your Facebook page, emailing it to your friends, or just telling the world about what we're trying to do to improve The Venue. Introducing The Beatnik Cafe will bring us one step closer to our goal!
Special Thanks go out to:
Monica at Carol's Design House for putting our blurry vision into sharp focus
Mike and the rest of the CVEQ for moving us in on Memorial Day
Evan for shooting us on Memorial Day at the last minute
David at Upheaval Productions for reading our minds and taking out the "ums"
Jack & Meg for putting your White Stripes music into the public domain
The bands and patrons whose mugs Jenean shot for the photos
Our Venue team of dedicated professionals for believing in the impossible
And...all the family who've watched the kids so Jenean could BE The Venue
Have a question?
If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
OR, for those living outside the Treasure Valley, one logo'd T-shirt, two local artist CD's, AND an autographed poster from your choice of our collection of touring artists, all mailed directly to your house!
Congratulations! You just entered the founder's club. While you're here, why don't you stay a while? One year's pass to any shows, plus a sandwich and drink once a month for the next twelve months, since you're now family!
You have rocked our world, so we want to rock yours. You will get all the perks of the $1,000 donation, plus a full day's rental to throw a party of your own. Includes full staff, sound, lights, help booking bands or dj's. VIP treatment, YOU are the Rock Star!