The owner of Alibi Lounge, Alexi Minko, needs help to keep from losing his bar.
Minko opened Alibi Lounge in Harlem in 2016 and recently told Now This,
“I fell in love with my neighborhood. I fell in love with my street.
[But] I walked about 20, 30, blocks, and I didn’t see anything that represented the LGBT image whatsoever.”
So Minko created a venue where LGBTQ New Yorkers could feel
“automatically accepted, understood, and embraced.”
But with the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak Minko had to close the bar temporarily, he hoped. He got a government loan. But in NYC, it didn’t cover the bills for long.
“All of a sudden, we had no revenue, no income, no activity, and unfortunately, it put a dent on something that was already very precarious.
Running a small business, especially like a bar/restaurant, it’s a lot of work for no money.”
The historic Stonewall Inn recently face the same dilemma and started a fundraising campaign which brought out an angel donor and with a $250,00 inn-saving contribution.
Minko has started a GoFundMe for Albini Lounge here.
So far he’s taken in in nearly $120,000 to help cover expenses. (Sounds great, and it is but it IS NYC where commercial rents can easily be $20,000+ a month.) He says,
“We want to have places where we feel like we can identify with the culture, with the atmosphere, with the sound, with the lights, with the music, with the people that go to these places.
[The community is] telling you: you are responsible for making sure that the doors remain open.”