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The Venue is expanding to include an all-hours cafe and bistro to serve the food and beverage needs of our bands, fans, and neighbors. Read more

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The Venue is expanding to include an all-hours cafe and bistro to serve the food and beverage needs of our bands, fans, and neighbors.

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History of The Venue

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.

all cleaned up
all cleaned up

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.

Polar Bear Club having fun with fans
Polar Bear Club having fun with fans

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.

R5 enjoying the hospitality
R5 enjoying the 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.

smells great!  hot coffee and a warm pastry
smells great! hot coffee and a warm pastry

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. 

nothing better than a cold beer and a fresh sandwich before a show!
nothing better than a cold beer and a fresh sandwich before a show!

Project Goal

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!

Supplemental Goal

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!

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 

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    Throw some change together and score a soda. Every dollar counts. Cheers!

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    Free deluxe coffee or two regular coffees, teas, italian sodas or 1 dessert. Have you had Jenean's cookies? They are totally worth it! OR a ticket to a floor show. Those are pretty sweet too.

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    Thanks, cats! Every bit counts. You just earned one free ticket to a show of your choice or one free sandwich.

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    Ahh! We can feel the love. How about two free tickets to a show of your choice and two free sandwiches?

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    OR, for those living outside the Treasure Valley, one T-shirt with either The Venue or The Beatnik Cafe logo, mailed directly to your house!

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    Business Backer: 4 sandwiches, side & drink
    Thanks neighbor!

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    We're impressed! Looks like someone's got an entourage. We'll hook your crew up with four tickets to a show of your choice and four sandwiches.

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    OR, for those living outside the Treasure Valley, one logo'd T-shirt and two CDs from local artists, mailed directly to your house!

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    Get a dozen specialty coffees of your choice. That much java will keep you jumpin' and jivin' for quite a while!

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    Wow! Thanks for the Benjamin! You totally deserve the month off. Once the Cafe's up and running, come in and enjoy a sandwich a day for a month, or enjoy any of our shows that month for free!

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    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!

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    Business Backer: 1 month gourmet sandwiches (limit 20) OR a catered event for 10 people.
    Let us feed you during that working lunch meeting, delivered to your office.

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    We're flattered that you care so much! Why don't you come and hang out with us for the next six months? Free shows for 6 months or a free sandwich, dessert and drink every week...It's on us!

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    Business Backer: 3 months of gourmet sandwiches (limit 60) OR catered event for 25 people. Perfect for an office birthday party.

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    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!

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    OR, how 'bout a full day's rental to throw a party of your own? Includes full staff, sound, lights, and help booking bands or dj's. VIP treatment. Have a blast; you deserve it!

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    6 months of gourmet sandwiches (limit 125) OR your private catered event at The Venue. Perfect for holiday office party or team building event.

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    We're speechless. Nothing else we can say besides, "You own the place, Daddy-O!" All Shows AND
    25 meals (entree, side, dessert and drink) are on the house for the next year. Thank you!

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    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!

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