Mag Bar Benefit raises money for damage - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Mag Bar Benefit raises money for damage

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A car smashed through the front door of Mag Bar last month, parking in the middle of the Old Louisville watering hole.

The bar is rebuilding, and getting a lot of support along the way.

It's a place for people to kick back have a drink or just express themselves through their music. But it came to a startling halt when a car crashed through the front door.

"It came straight up to the point of the bar and it physically moved the bar about 6-8 inches," said Dan Fitzgerald, the owner of Mag Bar.

This is the third time a car has ramped into this building in the past 10 years. So the bar decided to have some fun with it, putting up no parking signs, even keeping a construction hat on hand.

"It happened at midnight on Thursday and we were open the next day on Friday night," said Fitzgerald.

It took a lot of time and teamwork to re-build this bar, as well as out of pocket costs. The owner says it was hectic trying to balance construction work and staying open.

"The Mag Bar has been instrumental in giving a lot of bands an opportunity to come in put a show on in the back room be seen be heard," said Gabrielle Kays, a Mag Bar Benefit volunteer.

People wanted to support that cause and keep it going. Once word got out about the accident, people flocked to Facebook with ideas on how they can help their local watering hole.

"People were tossing ideas back and forth lots of bands were volunteering lots of people were volunteering and we just wanted to figure out what the immediate need was for the bar," said Kays.

This is what they came up with the Mag Bar Benefit. A show featuring six local bands, for $10 with all the money going towards restoration.

"We'd like to make a least enough money to cover the cost of putting a front door on the building so that would be a start if nothing else," said Kays.

"I can't say enough about the people who really came and helped us work on it, if it hadn't been for them we wouldn't be at a bar we wouldn't have been able to afford it without a lot of local support," said Fitzgerald.

The benefit concert starts at 8:00pm Saturday at the Mag Bar. 

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