Please Help Me Save Mexicali!

Please Help Me Save Mexicali! | Assist me in the next phase of Mexicali. There are still many memories to made and shortys to drink!

My name is Stew Corey and I have owned Mexicali since May of 2016. Before that I was a manager at The Windjammer for 6 years. My experience in restaurants goes back to when I was a dishwasher at the Birdseye Diner in Castleton, Vermont when I was 16, almost 20 years ago. It was while I was working at The Windjammer that I meet the Charboneaus and fell in love with Mexicali. From the first time I walked through the doors I knew it was a special place. I could tell by the smiles on the faces of the guests and the staff that it was great place and I instantly wanted to take part. My family and I made the decision to purchase Mexicali and on May 4th, 2016 I took ownership, the day before Cinco de Mayo! Since then I have only fell more in love with Mexicali and the people of the community. I have made mistakes and learned a lot over the course of the last year and unfortunately my last mistake lead to a very severe lesson, one that I will never forget. I am humbly asking our community and friends to help me keep this tradition alive not for my family, but for the charity work that is still to be done, the good food still to serve, the shorties still to be drunk and the hot ranch still to dip. Please help me to prove that sometimes the little guy does win!

Your donations will be used for two phases of the plan to move forward: Phase 1 is to wrap up Mexicali 2.0 and Phase 2 is seed capital for Mexicali 3.0. 

Phase 1 will be to close out all the accounts payable that are left including, but not limited to the following:

    -paying off outstanding balances to vendors

    -paying the balance of the utility bills

    -paying the outstanding taxes

    -paying off creditors

    -paying the legal fees incurred during the eviction process

I won’t know the the exact amount that Phase 1 will cost until I receive a bill for the legal fees and any other fees my previous landlord is going to charge me, but my best estimate is $75,000-$100,000. Hopefully it will be less, but time will tell.

Phase 2 is the exciting part! During Phase 2 your donations will fund the following:

    -putting a down payment on a new space

    -buying refurbished equipment to kit out the new kitchen

    -new signage, computer system, office supplies and other small items

    -stocking the kitchen and the bar with all of your favorites

    -getting new licenses and insurance

    -renovations as needed to the new space

    -any other costs of restarting Mexicali

Phase 2 is going to be funded by your donations and an investment of my own and my family’s funds. You might be asking why I have to buy equipment and a computer system; that is because they were sold to cover a part of the money owed to a creditor. So the balance of the donations will go towards this phase of the plan, between $150,000-$175,000, depending. We will be working together to get Mexicali 3.0 off the ground!

The perks that I am offering to our generous supports are, but not limited to, Gift Cards, a chance to sign the wall in the bar, a never released Mexicali hat, a plaque with your name and/or picture, 15% discount for life and the secret recipes to our most coveted menu and drink items! 

Mexicali has been a part of the Williston community for over 20 years and has been an active member of that community. Generations of families have come through the doors, people have meet, dated and become engaged at Mexicali. Mexicali is woven into the fabric of the community and I would like it to be so for years to come with your help.

Restaurants are a risky business, but I believe with the support of our loving network of friends, regulars, family and 1000s of satisfied guests from all over the state and country that we will be successful! Even if you can’t contribute, please share this campaign with all your friends and family either by word of mouth, on social media or using the Indiegogo share tools so that my plea can reach as many people as possible. Please help me to continue this local tradition. 

Thank you,

Stew Corey


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