GrandTen Distilling has been using locally-sourced ingredients to produce spirits (gin, rum, and more) in South Boston since 2012, and now, the team wants to convert its Saturday tasting bar into a legit cocktail bar. "We're building a space where people from all over Boston can come, kick back, and enjoy our spirits in good company," GrandTen writes on crowdfunding site Indiegogo. They're seeking $20,000 to make it happen, and the campaign closes on April 22. (They've already crossed the $5,000 mark.) The new venture is called Bar 383, named for the address — 383 Dorchester Ave.
"Now we hope to offer a craft cocktail bar where spirit lovers will enjoy a relaxing environment, sample our wide range of products, and sip some truly awesome drinks," they write. "In the end, the space will include a fully functioning bar serving spirits only available at the distillery. What is unique about Bar 383? You will be drinking spirits next to the sill that made them!"
The team wants to "help rejuvenate" the neighborhood by "upholding its history through maintaining and improving existing structures, rather than tearing them down and building new ones."
The money raised by the campaign will cover things like parts, equipment, and labor, including "installing modern bar equipment and the requisite hook-ups, while preserving the historical character of the space." Donors will receive a variety of tokens and swag, depending on the donation level.