KeMBY`S NEEDS YOUR HELP

What is KeMBY`s ?

KeMBY’s is an international café and restaurant located just a few blocks from Peace Memorial Park, in the center of Hiroshima, Japan. It was founded in 1999 by a pair of American ( Kevin Nanna) and Japanese partners, and soon became a regular meeting place for the Japanese and international communities, including both tourists and expats.

When KeMBY`S opened in 1999, it was met with much love from the community of expats as well as the local Hiroshima people. It became an international landmark with travelers passing through Hiroshima, coming to see the Peace Park nearby, or here for work. Who could forget all the live music played between these walls? Tens of thousands of people have passed through our doors. We were happy to have all of them.

In 2010, the business changed hands to the Nepalese immigrant, Prakash Lamichhane. He has worked very hard and done his best to preserve the atmosphere of KeMBY`S while making a few updates. The stage has been removed, allowing KeMBY`S to become Hiroshima City’s first micro brewery and brewpub!  Never fear, there is still enough room for our local musicians to do their thing. Our open mic nights remained a success until COVID struck. KeMBY`S has become a generational experience. Our patrons often return with their friends, family, children, and even grandchildren! It would be a dream to see it turn 25!

The current KeMBY’S lineup includes 6 types of home brews, our renowned Chicago deep dish pizza, as well as a BBQ smoke grill.  The classic burgers and nachos are still there, but we have more variety, and we have more exciting ideas to come. Craft beer culture is relatively new to Japan, and has seen a lot of growth in the past decade. We are trying to do our part to give the craft beer scene a little boost.

 

And in early 2020 CoVID struck. You all know what happened to the world`s situation. It brought nothing but chaos, closures, hardships, all kinds of restrictions and the list goes on. The repercussions are still being felt.

 

All in all, 2020 was a tough year…  but we made it. We somehow managed to go through 2021, often contemplating at times that we might need to close the store. The Japanese government subsidies helped but their one size fits all policy was not quite suitable for KeMBY`s as it is quite a big shop. We still lost money over that period. We were able to open (closed most of the two years due to the government`s covid policy) in huge part thanks to the generosity of our landlord. They had our rent halved for two years but since April of this year it has gone back to what it was before COVID and with the current market situation it would be very hard to sustain with such a hefty rent. Our options are very limited- completely close or relocate (March 2023)or find a way to stay at the current location with some help from our friends, customers and patrons. These are all very tough choices to make and time and capital is a bit of a constraint.

 

Instead of living in fear and an uncertain future, in 2021 we took the risk of opening a store in Iwakuni, further south of Hiroshima. Thanks to our patrons there, we have had a very positive response. We are also glad to mention that some of our staff are also physically and financially involved. Without their guts and vision it could not have been  possible. But, the effects of CoVID have gone on longer than anyone could have expected.

 

So we have resorted to crowdfunding. We are trying to raise as much as 10,000,000 Yen. All of the amount will be allocated for rent and staff salaries or will be used for relocation to a smaller place if we decide so. This will help us wither out a year and possibly another. This is being optimistic – hoping  Japan would open up further for better, tourism will be back and more locals are comfortable to go out along with a better economy. 

 

KeMBY’s used to do  good  business, but we are not a rich enough company to find a large capital in these situations.  However, we do enjoy human capital in the form of goodwill of our friends and customers. We naturally want our friends and customers to feel they have a stake in the restaurant as well. 

This relationship is particularly important for a place like KeMBY’s because of the nature of our clientele. With so many of our customers being Japanese locals, expats and tourists, many of them have moved on from Hiroshima–we hope, with fond memories of their visits to KeMBY’s. A lot of them still remain and are still frequent visitors. 

SO PLEASE HELP US. We will give our 100 % again to come out better in the coming years. 

PLEASE SHARE this link or page to all your friends and family members who have visited Hiroshima and who have passed through KeMBY`S. This will be a great help as well. Together we can do it!

You can fund us directly by one of the options below or you can donate at the shop in person as well. 

Thank you

KeMBY`s Team

Prakash Lamichhane

PS: If you would like to inquire more or send direct messages regarding helping us please send them to kembys@gmail.com

We are honestly not in the best situation to give back so much at the moment, but nevertheless we do  offer a number of benefits to our contributors. Shipping will be free within Japan, but shipping fees overseas will be charged separately (it is possible to decline the option of having your reward shipped to you if you simply want to pledge a higher amount.  Any uncollected rewards will be donated to the Teach for Nepal Foundation .)

Just an option for contributors who would like to donate without anything in return.

Receive a shop T-shirt and any two pint size beers at KeMBY`S.

Receive a shop T-shirt

3000 Yen worth of food and drink vouchers for KeMBY`s

 (Limited to 30 people)

Receive a bottle of famed The Yamazaki Single Malt whisky or The Hakushu Single Malt whisky  

4000 Yen worth of food and drink vouchers for  KeMBY`S.

A plaque with your name on the store`s wall

 (Limited to 30 people)

Receive a bottle of famed The Yamazaki Single Malt whisky or The Hakushu Single Malt whisky  

4000 Yen worth of food and drink vouchers for  KeMBY`S.

A plaque with your name on the store`s wall

 (Limited to 20 people)

A bottle of famed The Yamazaki Single Malt whiskey or  The Hakushu Single Malt, both aged 12

6000 Yen worth of food and drink vouchers for KeMBY`s 

A plaque with your name on the store`s wall

 (Limited to 3 people)

A bottle of famed The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky aged 18 

6000 Yen worth of food and drink vouchers for KeMBY`s 

A  plaque with your name on the store`s wall.

 (Limited to 1 person)

Choose one of the below

A bottle of limited 2020 edition The Yamazaki Single Malt Japanese Whisky BORDEAUX WINE CASK (Further limited to three persons only) or a bottle of limited 2020 edition The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky PEATED MALT (Further limited to three persons only)

Food and drink vouchers worth 7000 Yen.

A plaque with your name on the store`s wall.

 (Limited to 1 person)

A bottle of Suntory Hibiki aged 21

Food and drink vouchers worth 8000

A plaque with your name on the store`s wall