New Raleigh bar forced to close because of COVID-19 finds creative way to keep sales going

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Killjoy in Raleigh

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A Raleigh bar was only days away from opening when everything came to a screeching halt thanks to the coronavirus.

The ironically-named Killjoy is nearly complete with beautiful furniture, decorations, a collaboration with a local chef, and a creative drink menu. But all is not lost, or at least on hold.

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G Patel, a local restaurateur himself, is serving as a consultant for Killjoy.

“Through my 17-year career, I’ve rarely had times where I couldn’t sleep. I can tell you over the last two weeks I’ve lost a lot of sleep,” he said.

However, the managing partners of Killjoy weren’t about to let all their hard work be totally put on hold.

The bar is selling mixers of some of their creative new drinks.

“Initially, it was a slow start,” said managing partner Zack Thomas. “Six orders, 16 the next day, then 20, 30, 40. So it’s growing.”

The bar partnered with local restaurateur Jake Wood whose built an established career with his culinary creations, specifically barbecue. He is operating out of the kitchen at Killjoy and also using huge smokers set up in the parking lot so he can make food to go.

In the meantime, just like the rest of the hospitality industry, the creative minds behind Killjoy are in a holding pattern, waiting to open their doors to customers to enjoy their hard work. Thomas said he knows it’ll take a while for business to ramp up, for both Killjoy and the rest of the industry.

In the meantime he wants people to enjoy the drink creations which you can only get at Killjoy.

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