London bar brand Tonight Josephine has launched a crowd funding campaign and is asking for support from fans and friends so it can survive the current crisis.
A spokesperson for Tonight Josephine, which has venues in Waterloo and Shoreditch, said: “The global Covid-19 pandemic has created a very uncertain landscape for millions of British small businesses, which is going to make it very challenging for companies like ours to survive.
“Tonight Josephine, part of The Adventure Bar Group, founded in 2005, and now in its 15th year of trade, is facing extremely difficult circumstances and having to make some very tough decisions in order to safeguard the future of the company.
“Whilst the statement made by Rishi Sunak on 17 March may seem positive, it does not offer any form of respite in the immediate term, and without cashflow in to the business, the future of our beloved Adventure Bar Group is in grave danger.
“If you, a loved one or a friend has ever had an amazing experience at Tonight Josephine, we need you now more than ever.
“Any support you’re able to offer is extremely invaluable and will help secure the future of not only the company, but the employment of 135 employees that we care deeply about. Any donation, big or small will go a long way.”
Tonight Josephine are looking to raise at least £50,000 over just the next few days and are offering experiences on the platform including distillery tours, trips to vineyards in Italy, and even the iconic “Well behaved women don’t make history” neon, which they will replace if it’s purchased.
Adventure Bar Group’s other brands have launched campaigns of their own as the Group look to get through to the other side of this crisis, with the help of their fans and friends.