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Vodka bar launches Kickstarter campaign

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Inner Circle Vodka Bar, a concept coming to downtown Springfield by way of Tulsa, Oklahoma, launched a crowdfunding campaign designed to “kick-start the bar to the next level.”

Owners Andy Cagle and Jacob Harper have a $15,000 goal through the Kickstarter campaign, which debuted yesterday. As of 11:32 a.m., five backers pledged $1,716 for the campaign that ends Dec. 11.

“Inner Circle Springfield has secured funding for the building, renovation and equipment to get open, but we want to do more,” the Kickstarter campaign reads. “We have so many fun ideas for our new location, but big ideas cost big money.”

Those ideas include a foam party, a “Harry Potter” day, an outdoor dance party with fake snow and a charity tricycle race. Cagle and Harper, who launched the concept five years ago in Tulsa, appeared in suit jackets and ties with boxers for a comedic video promoting the Kickstarter campaign.

Starting at the $95 tier, backers will gain access to a preopening party that’s tentatively scheduled for Jan. 25 at the 319 W. Walnut St. venue. The most expensive tier, at $1,500, secures naming rights for a VIP booth with priority reservation.

Inner Circle Vodka Bar is targeting a February opening to the general public, an official said via Facebook Messenger.

Cagle previously told Springfield Business Journal the Kickstarter campaign is the only way to gain access to Inner Circle Vodka Bar’s preopening party.

In the Sept. 9 SBJ.net article, “Vodka bar on tap for downtown Springfield,” Cagle declined to disclose the business partners’ planned investment in the space or the purchase price for the former event center. Previously 319 Downtown Event Center, the indoor and outdoor venue had been listed for $850,000.

A building permit on file with the city lists a declared valuation of $200,000 for the infill work.

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