UPDATE: "Cash Mob" Set Friday for Pub With $190,000 BottleRock Deficit

Up and Under Pub and Grill in Point Richmond turns to Facebook for help.

Up and Under Pub & Grill. credit Up and Under
Up and Under Pub & Grill. credit Up and Under
UPDATE: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Supporters of the Up & Under Pub and Grill in Point Richmoond have organized a "cash mob" to help the Bay Area eatery and watering hole that is out $190,000 in unpaid fees after the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival.

Owners Nikki Villa and Nathan Trivers said this week they fear they may go out of business if they don't get their payment from BottleRock soon.

Michaela Graham, a pub supporter, said she is urging friends, patrons and the community to come to Up & Under starting at 7 p.m. Friday and buy a beer or glass of wine.

"Saddened by reading the below Facebook status yesterday, I decided to set up a cash mob to help them," Graham posted on Facebook. "That means that we'll be mobbing them with lots of people and if everyone buys a beer, the volume will add up.

"The more people are coming, the better," Graham said. "It's taking business to a higher level, by creating a bigger volume of purchases for that day.

"If you believe in small, local businesses, who make a difference to the community, then please, please come out and buy one of their specialty beers or wines or other drinks," she added. "Nate and Nikki are awesome people and their pub is a central meeting point in the community of Point Richmond (about 10 min. north of Berkeley)."

For more info on the cash mob and directions to the Pub, click here.

ORIGINAL STORY: Monday, July 1, 2013
Owners of Up & Under Pub and Grill in Point Richmond are going public on Facebook in hopes that it will press Napa's BottleRock Music Festival to pay them the $190,000 they say they are owed.

Without the payment, they said, they are in danger of going out of business.

"We served over 8,500 meals," said owners Nikki Villa and Nathan Trivers in their post on Facebook. "We own a successful restaurant and thought that taking this job would bring us to the next level.

"We were wrong," they said.

Villa and Trivers said their company did all of the backstage catering for the bands, the artists, stagehands and festival workers for BottleRock but have not yet been paid.

"We are owed around $190,000," they said.  "This may not seem like a lot to some people, but to us it is life-changing."

A BottleRock spokesperson was not immediately available for comment Monday.

According to earlier published reports, BottleRock owes about $630,000 to more than 140 workers.  At least one BottleRock vendor -- a bus transport firm -- has filed suit to claim what is owed.

At Up and Under Pub and Grill's Facebook page, meanwhile, the anguish is palpable.

"We have fronted all of our cost for the festival and now our bills are due to our vendors," the owners said. "We paid all of our 33 employees that made this event successful.

"But we have not seen a final payment," they added. "Our once-successful restaurant is in jeopardy of closing it doors."

MICHAEL WILSON "TEA PARTY 2014" July 01, 2013 at 09:25 PM
You will get BK Papers for your $190,000. Next time Get half upfront. How much of the $190,000 was Profit?
Marie Schmidt July 01, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Never again.
Mary Richardson July 02, 2013 at 01:48 AM
The way I see it is: What you're owed is what you're owed. I recently returned from the Kate Wolf Festival, and lo and behold, while there, I found myself questioned about Bottle Rock - all queries centered around the fact that people have not been paid. My take, based on what I've read locally, is that Local 16 - stage hands, the Expo, the bus transportation company, the catering/vending folks, and whomever else, HAVE NOT BEEN PAID IN FULL, IF PAID AT ALL. It makes no difference to me whether it was a good show or not. If you can't pay the people who got on board with you, you're either a 1st-hand scam artist, or you don't really know what you're doing. Shrug. That's just how I see it.
Louisa Hufstader July 02, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Having worked in the music industry myself for decades pre-Patch, I never believed these people knew what they were doing. Especially when they bragged they were going to give a million dollars to local charities — that really raised a red flag for me. But this is much, much worse than I expected. My deepest sympathies to all the victims of Bottle Rock.
Michaela Graham July 02, 2013 at 11:11 AM
We've set up a Cash mob for this Friday, to help the Pub, please help spread the word https://www.facebook.com/events/326104067521798/
Prickly Pear July 02, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Ha! And they think they are coming back to Napa next Mother's Day weekend 2014?
Harold Edwards July 02, 2013 at 01:47 PM
When the carnival comes to town you best get your money up front.Because they are long gone?
Larry Adams July 02, 2013 at 06:11 PM
IF, and that's a mighty big IF at this point, Bottlerock 2014 moves forward, any and all suppliers should demand a payment guarantee bond from the promoters up front, as an insurance policy, before they layout one penny... Obviously the personal guarantees the promoters made to get some businesses to participate for Bottlerock 2013 were as worthless as many of their checks... I strongly suspect that there will not be a Bottlerock 2014 at this point.
Ramon Jovel, Sr. July 02, 2013 at 06:52 PM
NO to Bottle Rock 2014!
MICHAEL WILSON "TEA PARTY 2014" July 02, 2013 at 07:06 PM
DA Lieberstein Has nothing to say?
Robert Lee July 03, 2013 at 12:29 AM
Gabe didn't like that my negative comments and wondered why I spent my "golden years" (I'm actually younger than his partner) complaining. I actually made comments about the problems there might be. He said "Do everyone a favor and don't come." Well... we did go and it was a nice time. I don't have to make comments now, pos. or neg. They have a lot of folks yelling at them. We'll se what happens in the next two weeks. Et Tu?
Jason Weisker July 03, 2013 at 02:44 AM
Cry me a river NAPA! Isn't every wine in the Country from your little town? I'm a CA Native and there are people that can FART $190,000 to this restaurant. Why I didn't go, Hippies, Hippies put on these shows and they scam everyone, how much were tickets? $300 plus dollars a piece? Take your fancy wine and take one for the team since you all are now get a taste of your own medicine. Oh, I'm sorry Peace and Love, Idiots, 50% deposit? probably a bad weed deal involved somewhere too if you dig deep enough. Hope fully the Bands got paid!
Robert Lee July 03, 2013 at 03:48 AM
Well Jason, I'm a 4th generation Bay Area guy. Except for a couple of bands, it had nothing to do with hippies. These two fellows just didn't have the right folks putting it on. But they weren't hippies. No weed deals, just bad judgements. There were professional investors that got paid well, corporate sponsors (hippies don't like corporations!) gave funds and the bands got paid. Tickets per day were $139. They just over spent. I'm not sticking up for them, but before you really accuse with bad names and such, find out who they were... inexperienced promoters with VERY bad excuses. If you go to any Uptown shows, Bob Vogt is the owner. He isn't a hippy. You could say just because I have long hair and a beard that I'm a hippy. I'm not. My wife and I own properties, run a guitar business 34 years now) and Laser etching business. Not a pot farm or pipe company. Chrisake Jason, these folks just want to be paid. I am supporting the restaurant because they don't deserve to be crapped on. I did not support the BRN policies and they got rude about it. By the way only 20% of California wines come from Napa. It also comes from places such as Stockton, Sonoma, Fresno, Petaluma and Lodi. You know... California natives. I don't even like wine. I'd rather have a nice cold lemonade and a BBQ. So OK, don't support any of the vendors that got screwed over. They weren't hippies either. if anything, talk to the DA about this. They would very much love to hear you say that the people that put this fiasco on were hippies. Peace and Love (except VietNam was over a long time ago!) Bob and Gabe need to get everyone paid without excuses. Hippies just want to trade vege burritos for Grateful dead tapes. These guys need more than burritos to pay off the debts. And the wine people did not put on this show. Some companies sponsored it, but they weren't the promoters.
Robert Lee July 03, 2013 at 10:17 AM
Too bad you have no clue about what Hippies are, the amount of wine made in Napa and who the promoters are. Hippies were a group of people with long hair and peaceful, (a bit too much free love) in the 60's without money. Napa produces less than 20 % of the wine in California. The promoters were just inexperienced with putting on a show for 120,000 people. Bob Vogt owns the Uptown Theater that puts on small shows. They hired people that probably didn't have experience and they over spent. I'm also 4th generation Bay Area guy, have long hair and a beard, own properties, a 34 year guitar business and a laser etching business (shameless plug) and I, along with all the residents and businesses of Napa had nothing to do with organizing this show. Tickets were $139 a day to start and half price for the first day. I don't support the policies that went for BR. The bands were paid, some of the vendors were paid, part of the Expo was paid, and part of the city was paid. For pete sake Jason, the restaurant just wants to be paid for their services. You do need some education on what is involved on putting on a show. But again, so do the folks that put on BottleRock. Probably won't be back next year unless they get all the hippies to beg for spare change to pay off the bills.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau July 03, 2013 at 02:09 PM
At first I didn't like BottleRock, then I got on board and helped by promoting something that looked like it would be good for Napa's community. A week after the festival I told my BR contact that I was completely on board for 2014. Now? No way. The BottleRock festival has become a pariah, and even if they are able to settle all of their debts I doubt that their reputation can be salvaged.
MICHAEL WILSON "TEA PARTY 2014" July 03, 2013 at 03:20 PM
I would still like to know how much of the $190.000 was profit?
MICHAEL WILSON "TEA PARTY 2014" July 03, 2013 at 03:21 PM
I agree with USS I think the guests got what they paid for, that is the only good News.
Christine July 03, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Michael, I've been noticing your posts for months now and I can't hold back any longer. Who pee'd in your cheerios, dude? And nearly every day? Businesses make a profit. That's the whole idea. The contract for services included profit from the beginning. If your implication is that they only deserve to be paid for their costs than you really are as dimwitted as your posts would imply. If you bought an item for $5000 that was worth $10,000 and you later sold it for $10K, but were stiffed for the amount and went to court, should the judge rule that you only paid $5000 and that's all your getting? I didn't attend BR and I've never been to Up and Down, but I do know business and the businesses/people involved deserve to be paid. Lastly, if your goal is to irritate others until they lash out, I guess I'm you latest victim, congratulations.
capontes July 08, 2013 at 01:58 AM
mike... you sure ask a lot of questions, must be rough knowing so little.


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