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Black Circle Owner says community raised more than $35,000 to help save business

Owner Jesse Rice says he got a call one morning in May that the basement was flooded and the community stepped up
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Posted at 5:52 PM, Jul 11, 2023
and last updated 2023-07-13 21:25:11-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers came together to help a business in need.

“This is a positive story in the end,” Black Circle owner Jesse Rice said.

Jesse Rice is the owner at Black Circle near 46th and Hillside. When you step inside the bar and music hall, it’s like going back into time. VHS tapes galore, vinyl records and a Disco Ball.

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“Tuesday's are Drag Night, Wednesday's are trivia. Thursday, Friday and Saturday's are some sort of live music,” Rice added.

Rice says the bar started as a brewery back in 2016 but has since added programming to help attract more customers. Those customers and the community stepped up in a big way recently for Black Circle.

“I get a call the next morning from the folks who own the share space saying the basement is flooded,” Rice added.

Rice says he got the call in May after a show at Black Circle. Rice says a mop bucket flew over in the kitchen, turning the faucet on. Insurance wasn’t going to cover the damage.

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 “The remediation company was going to come put a lien on the building as of today, so we had to come up with some money,” Rice said.

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Rice says the total cost to repair the damage was roughly $35,000, so he put out a call to the community.

“As we sit right now — they were able to come up with $36,000 in two days,” Rice told WRTV.

Rice said with a smile on his face, the community really showed how much his business means to them.

“This place means a lot to us, but obviously we underestimated how much it means to the community,” Rice said.

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