The news that Monsterland, the horror-themed restaurant, nightclub, and haunted house in downtown Mesa, was closing this Saturday, January 19, shocked many of its fans. But it seems no one was more saddened by the announcement than the employees.
They want Monsterland back. And to raise it from the dead, they're asking for your help in coming up with $300,000 in the next 45 days.
And if they don't make their goal, they've got another idea.
On the international crowdfunding site Indiegogo, the employees' Help save Monsterland! page asks for contributions to reach a goal of $300,000 in 45 days. The money, the page states, will allow for the purchase of Monsterland from its original owner as well as to "fund the fun and exciting events we have planned, as well as improvements to the business itself."
As on many crowdfunding sites, there are perks associated with the amount of dollars a person contributes. On Help save Monsterland!, $30 gets you 15 percent off your meal and a buy-one-get-one-free drink coupon, and a $250 contribution gets you half-off in the VIP room and your picture on a plaque on the wall of monsters.
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Although some of the claims about Monsterland on the Indigogo page seem a bit far-fetched (spoiler alert: Monsterland does not have "the best food in the state"), the employees are passionate that the saving of Monsterland is not only important as a "unique hotspot," but also as a way to help the economy in downtown Mesa.
And what happens if the $300,000 goal isn't reached? The employees say they'll use what funds they receive to open a new hot spot similar to Monsterland.
At the time of this post, $120 has been contributed so far. For more details, go to the Help save Monsterland! Indigogo page.