Ten of the Clermont Lounge’s strapped-for-cash dancers spent Sunday washing cars at a Cobb County biker bar for extra money. But it wasn’t enough; the hard work continues.
The revamping of their iconic Atlanta club has taken longer than expected, and their nest eggs are depleted.
They made $1,100 from washing cars at a Cobb County bar Sunday and spent a couple of nights putting on a more-PG show at the Star Bar, but it didn’t raise enough for the exotic-dancing staples of Ponce de Leon Avenue. So they’ve turned to GoFundMe for help.
“Whatever we get in two weeks, we’re going to stop instead of bugging everyone,” said Kathi Martin, owner of the Clermont.
She said GoFundMe provided the goal amount of $5,000, but they’re looking to get any help they can for the women until the bar can open again.
The post asking for donations reads: “In many cases, these women are the sole providers (for their families) and are having a hard time making it through without the income from working at the Clermont Lounge.”
After one day, the campaign has raised more than $750.
A yearlong project to redevelop the historic Clermont Motor Hotel into an upscale boutique hotel with a “destination restaurant” forced the beloved downstairs dive bar to close around the start of the year.
Martin thought the bar would be ready by now and allowed to re-open so the dancers could get back to what they do. But the project has been delayed by the installation of some support beams.
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The Clermont folks prepared to be without pay for a couple months, but its already been longer than that.
Martin said she expects to be able to re-open the first week of April.
That day is set to be a raucous affair with music, giveaways from liquor companies and a limited-edition T-shirt to commemorate the day the party started again.
Until then, they’ll have to keep washing cars. The next one’s set for
Motorheads Bar & Grill in McDonough on April 1.
She soldiered through and washed three or four cars.
And like Blondie, Martin said they’ll make it through these rocky few weeks.
“We’re coming back strong,” she said.
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