Proprietor Handsome Dick Manitoba took to Facebook last night for an update.
There have been hundreds and hundreds of individuals from dozens of countries who have contributed to "SAVE MANITOBA'S"
Well, the good news is, MANITOBA'S has ...BEEN SAVED!
According to my calculations, we have money to pay the man demanding money, fix the bar to the standards required, buy, package and mail many hundreds of perks, throw my lawyers, who have thus far worked for NOTHING, and asked for nothing, SOMETHING!
In total, 688 people contributed at the Indiegogo page to help raise more than $31,000. (The goal had been $25,000.)
The campaign was reportedly a result of "a settlement with a man who has sued dozens of businesses under the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to court filings," as DNAinfo put it. The man, a former East Village resident identified as Luigi Girotto, 50, has reportedly sued at least 27 other businesses for failing to provide accessibility, according to court papers that DNAinfo obtained.
The bar at 99 Avenue B between East Seventh Street and East Sixth Street opened in January 1999.
Back to Facebook:
The combination of creating something that physically and vibe wise preserves our great culture has obviously touched a nerve....A heart.
We hope to continue to be a fun place for people in the neighborhood, and Rock and Roll fans from everywhere. We so greatly appreciate your love and support.