The Fat Pelican receives $13K overnight from donations to stay open during pandemic

Fat Pelican saved

CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (WECT) - The Fat Pelican is considered a landmark by Carolina Beach locals. It has been rated one of the Top 25 Best Dive Bars in the country by the Huffington Post, and number one in our state.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on the business and owner Danny McLaughlin said they were almost forced to close their doors for good.

On Saturday, Danny’s son posted on Facebook that his father was looking to sell his car to keep the bar open and created a GoFundMe account for the bar.

The community stepped up and raised over $13,000 overnight to help keep the history and the cheers going.

“I had to cut it off, I don’t need more than I need,” said McLaughlin. “People donated so quickly. Mostly $20, $25, a couple $200 and $400 ones, but it shows how many people wanted to help.”

McLaughlin says he will use that money to help pay two employees at the bar and keep up with the utilities.

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