Is Toronto's Seinfeld-themed bar just a big scam?
Are you excited to eat a Big Salad, dance like Elaine and sip on schnapps at Monk's Diner? Well, you might be better off streaming a few episodes of Seinfeld. That's because if you think Toronto's Seinfeld pop-up bar sounds too good to be true, you might just be correct.
When word of the Seinfeld-themed pop-up leaked, many fans rightfully went nuts. On Facebook, nearly 35,000 people say they're either attending or interested in attending the opening party for this so-called parody bar, but it looks like few have been able to get tickets.
If you click for tickets on the Facebook event (which says tickets available), you used to be able to get to an Eventbrite page. Now, however, the link directs you to an Eventbrite error message that says, "This event is currently unavailable."
According to an Eventbrite spokesperson, the opening party event is currently under review by the company's Trust and Safety team. "The Trust & Safety team reviews events for possible violation of our Terms of Service," says Eventbrite corporate communications rep Amanda Livingood via email.
"The team was unable to confirm this event is taking place and therefore took appropriate steps to un-publish it from our platform at this time."
Mackenzie Keast, one of the original organizers, tells me there were issues securing a venue. But, he says he dropped out of the planning process and is no longer involved with the project.
We reached out to the existing organizers for comment, but at press time, have yet to hear back.
This wouldn't be the first time a massive event captured the hearts and minds of Toronto - just think back to last summer's numerous bait-and-switch events. And we don't exactly have a good track record of producing pop culture-related parody pop-ups. A recent attempt to recreate Friend's Central Perk cafe never came to fruition, though that was mainly due to a possible trademark infringement.
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