Gay entrepreneurs ask for help in final push to launch Guac y Margys

The guys behind the gay-owned Guac y Margys are pushing hard to bring margaritas to the Beltline in June. And they are asking for help to close out an online campaign to raise funds to build the new restaurant's patio and bar.

The owners – Troy Meyers and David Barton (the gays) and Sebastian Romano – have dressed as tacos, margaritas and avocados to promote their new restaurant. They've doled out swag and swarmed social media to build buzz around Guac y Margys.

They even scraped together $315,000 in personal savings, loans and investments to build out their new space, which sits on Auburn Avenue and the Beltline in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward. But it wasn't quite enough.

So the trio of entrepreneurs launched Help Guac y Margys Become a Reality, a Kickstarter campaign to raise $15,000. And with just hours left in the campaign – it ends at 8 a.m. on Sunday – they are close to meeting their goal. Super close. Some 112 backers have pledged $12,629 by Friday afternoon.

So far, we've scraped together $315,000 from personal savings, loans and investors to lease the space, construct the interior buildout, buy kitchen equipment, apply for our liquor license, and furnish the restaurant (phew). However, this is the BeltLine we're talking about. And no BeltLine establishment is complete without a custom 20-foot bar to sip drinks and eat tacos on and a patio to enjoy the gorgeous Atlanta weather. 

The three of us are not used to asking for help, but we need your help to raise $15,000 for the buildout of our patio and bar to ensure we're off and running this Summer. Every time you sit down at our bar or relax on our patio, you will know that YOU HELP BUILD THIS. This Kickstarter campaign will be a BIG part of helping us open our doors. Any amount of money will help us towards our goal of opening Guac y Margys on time.  

They launched a final push for the fundraising campaign on Friday with 48 Hours of GyM | Spread the Word.

The trio has deep ties to Atlanta and Guac y Margys is the reality of their dream to open a bar and restaurant together. They've showed little shame – and plenty of energy and excitement – in promoting the effort and working to get the doors open.

"We’re willing to do anything, including making fools of ourselves in crazy costumes," Romano said.

On Saturday, as part of their final Kickstarter push, they are hosting Stroll the BeltLine w/ GyM, a two-hour walk along the Beltline that ends at the restaurant’s construction site. The trio is ready to make Guac Y Margys the Beltline's go-to spot for margaritas and more. Plans call for the restaurant to serve brunch and dinner on the weekends with a changing menu each week.

“Not only do we want to teach people that margaritas don’t have to be sugary and guacamole should always be fresh,” Barton said. “We want to bring a taste of what it means to be an Atlantan.”