Here we are again.

Our lease is ending for those of you who don’t know, and you can find out more about that by clicking here. If you’re up to date, read on, friend! But seriously if you aren’t up to date click here.

Tuesday night was the last night of indoor service. It was a strange slow-paced night in comparison to the tidal wave of Saturday. It, too, had lots of emotional goodbyes, distance hugs, and elbow high fives. We were so happy to get to see so many of you.

We wanted to run till the 28th to give people time to say goodbye. However, the shutdown changes our plans. In a way, it makes it more simple for those of us left here. Considering the fear of another shutdown is why we left our lease. One more would have killed us forever. We could see this coming; we’re not blind. I know we made the right call.

So what’s the plan? Right now, we still have stock to sell. So at least until Saturday, we’ll be running food and drink for delivery and to-go. As for outdoor seating, we have five covered seats as the windstorm took half our covers. While we’re running, we will allow people to be on the deck. We don’t assume this will change our plans much. However, our hours will be reduced going forward as we had a much narrower business level in the shutdown. We’ll pin that down ad-hoc as we’re willing to be surprised this time. But planning for the worst is how we survived this long.

So friends, if you’re looking for the last burger or a Firebat, this is the week to get it done. We have new to-go vessels for drinks, so grab a six-pack of Onys or Mana potions. If you missed your chance to come to say goodbye, now is your chance. We will be resetting things for photos shortly so that the inside will look “classic” for a couple of days. Join us and stand in the rain on the deck, or grab some to-go. We hope to see you.

However, if we don’t see enough people, we will plan on closing it up early and being done after this week. It’s not where we wanted to be. But during covid no matter how hard you work to be safe, the ultimate control of your fate is in the hands of others and not yourself as a business owner…hell as anyone who has to work in this. So it’s something we’ve become accustomed to at this point.

-Kayla

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The AFK Afterlife Program

Oh hello there. Have you come to the post for some hope? Come with me for some adventure!

What is the AFK Afterlife Program? Simple, it’s a way for us to keep community events alive to keep the spirit of AFK intact and to get to see all of you wonderful people again. The AFK Afterlife is a set of meetups, events, and online content that will keep the flame of AFK going beyond the walls of the Tavern. 

So if that seems cool, read on friend!

Online Theme Menus

I’ll be putting together some online theme menu that you can make at home! Our hope is to bring some of the fun that we had on Saturdays at the Tavern to you. 

AFK Drink Book

Have you always wanted to know how to make some of the drinks (and food) from AFK? Well wait no longer join the AFK Drink Book Patreon and come with me on a wild adventure into the backstories, thoughts, and drinks of the AFK menus as I make a living drink book about the Tavern.  Become a Patron!

Real Life Events

Well, due to Covid we’re not sure when we’ll be doing these. But there are some plans to do a couple Karaoke events in 2021 if everything lets up any. We’ll be looking more into this after the new year. But our hope is to create quite a few events. 

Online Community

Have you joined our Discord yet? Keep up with everyone on the Discord.

Online Content

Well here at AFKTavern.com you can expect some B+ content while we work on all of these other things. I’m hoping we’ll push it to A- thought out the year as I will have much more time to work on it. Things like streams, videos, drinks, and possibly nerd news.

 

I wish this post could be about many other things.

In February, I was composing one talking about the distillery, the new location, plans for the future, and how amazing 2020 had kicked off. I was in the process of looking for a new building to buy and starting to set down plans for the future beyond this location and keeping AFK going for a long, long time.

Regrettably, this is not that post. We put it off due to the stress of last week. But, November the 28th will be the last official day of operation of the Tavern. It’s the end of our 10 year lease, and we really couldn’t in good faith push on. We had the choice of rolling the dice now and bankrupt. Or taking our licks and having a chance to reopen in the future.

In a way, this is a triumph; we did ten years; we’re walking at the end of our lease, not going bankrupt. Physical location aside, our goal starting out was to foster a community and be a community center. We did that! We did that in spades. Cry for what we’re losing but look at what we have! One of the most amazing communities ever. Just wall to wall decent people who helped make this dream of mine reality, a place where I didn’t feel alone. Where so many of you didn’t feel alone anymore, and that is AFK, not a location, not a silly menu…that community is what has and will always be the most important aspect of this entire adventure.

To the people who’ve shown up every week to help us limp across this finish line, thank you. The gaming groups who showed up for the pods, the new friends in the bar, the every-week-take-out people, the folks who always order delivery, and the everyday regulars who never really left us. Seriously thank you. I often thank many of you in person, but it’s worth restating here. It’s been rough running the Tavern like this, and your humor, patience, and attitudes made it so I could get up and do this day after day.

But if you didn’t manage to make it in or grab some take-out, or you still don’t feel comfortable with it. We’re not going to hold in against you. We’re not ourselves right now; AFK is a ghost under the restrictions. It blocked us from all the things that made us…us…so we’re pretty much not ourselves and haven’t been since March.

We still have plans for the next year… they’re just different now. We’ll be posting theme menus you can make yourself, we’ll be running events sans location, and much more. You can check out this link if you’d like the list I’ll be going into in a separate post. There is also a Patreon if you’d like to get some drink recipes out of me. We’ll have fun with this afterlife.

Please don’t go freaking out and pointing fingers. We came to this choice here ourselves. Sure, a lot of things outside our control dragged us down here. But no bake sale, t-shirt, or event would have changed any of this. If you’re into hindsight, check out our Twitter because there has been a lot there. But this post isn’t about that, and to be frank, and I am so done being angry at things I have no control over.

In closing, here at my home, crying while typing… I’m still excited about the future. But even I will have a hole in my heart till I can walk in a place that accepts me again. Thanks for reading. Hopefully, I’ll see you all again.

-Kayla

Due to the changes to the Phase 2 as stated by our governor.  We are now allowed to be open at 11 pm one whole extra hour of glorious AFK  is now allowed! It’s a drop of water in a desert…but it’s something.

We also are allowed to sit six people to a table now. So hooray! You can get a 6 person pod.

Not all of our staff can change their schedules on the whims of the government, so our Kitchen hours will still be last call at 9:30 till next week when we remake our schedules.

Hi folks we had a very nice call with the health department today to help clear up some of the horrible wording on Phase 2.

As a result we have the best news. THE BAR SIDE IS OPEN AGAIN! Seriously we could not be more happy.

That means our bar side is open like almost(tm) normal again. It has far less seating, But it’s normal counter side service just like always! Although we did swap what counter people use to make it easier to keep socially distant.

Just as the 500th reminder to have a facemask or your face covered when you come in for bar. If you don’t like this you can send an email to idontfuckingcare@afktavern.com : it will bounce and I’m okay with that. You’re fine to not have one while sitting we ask you have them on in all common areas that you can’t social distance.

We still have pod seating but we’ve saced the table side section we built to allow us to have bar seating (far more important for our survival) we are working on some options for the floor but right now pods.

This week we will also have one use paper menus back. They’re half done some when I get home tonight I’ll hopefully have the time to finish them.

Online FAQ will be updates as I have time, same with our services page. But…Ya 24 hours on that.

Still working out reservations. We will do same day ones right now if you need one give us a call.