Heavy metal rockers GWAR are going ahead with their plans to start a restaurant called GWARbar, even though their Indiegogo campaign was not funded. The band came up about $30,000 short of the $50,000 they had asked for. No matter though, the band tells the Washington Post that they plan to open a bar serving "intergalactic gourmet junk food" in Richmond, Virginia regardless. The 50-seat GWARbar will be "forged from ice, glass, steel, and stone," to make it look like "GWAR's Antarctic stronghold." Plans are also still in place for the outdoor beer garden or "beer GWARden."
As initially detailed, the menu will feature house-made hot dogs and "freshly ground" hamburgers, plus GWAR-B-Q "meat sandwiches." There will also be nuggets made with both duck and chicken meat and a dessert plate featuring versions of Twinkies and Ho-hos. Gwar guitarist and chef Mike Derks tells the Post, "I'm making foodie food for people who aren't foodies." And because what's a bar without booze, there will be GWAR-themed cocktails with names like "Alien Secretion." GWARbar will also have two special beers created by Cigar City Brewing: A GWAR Impaled Pale Ale and a GWAR Killsner.
The band plans to offer dinner and late-night dining until 2 a.m initially. They will eventually open for Sunday brunch and a daily lunch. Derks also reveals that he is really trying to start serving food as soon as possible and that if there are construction delays, he has "already purchased a GWAR food cart": "If we have to, we can serve barbecue sandwiches in our parking lot." There are no details yet as to when GWARbar will open.