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Metal Band GWAR Will Debut Its 'Intergalactic' GWARbar Later This Week

The world's most unlikely restaurateurs make it official in Richmond.

The unassuming exterior of GWARbar.
The unassuming exterior of GWARbar.

Elaborately costumed heavy metal band GWAR will officially become the world's most unlikely restaurant owners: The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports bassist Michael Derks (better known as Balsac the Jaws of Death) is ready to rock at the band's long-stewing project GWARbar, will open its doors this Friday, January 2.

The bar, which promises to serve "intergalactic junk food," raised $20,000 this spring in an Indiegogo campaign that fell $30K short of its ultimate goal. But Derks was undeterred: In July, he told the Washington Post the project would move forward, with the 52-seat space outfitted to look like "GWAR's Antarctic stronghold" (complete with blood splatter on the walls). According to the Times-Dispatch, the menu promises housemade Twinkies, hot dogs, and other pub grub, plus a cocktail menu that's "GWAR-inspired." Fingers crossed for a giant foam dinosaur.

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