Created in 2014 by Jay Perkins, the TendedBar story has rapidly taken shape. After building the first version of the TendedBar drink kiosk, he took to the phones and email, wanting to get in touch with people in the business and technology community to help hone or otherwise validate his concept..
One week after reaching out to Mark Cuban to pitch the concept and ask for some advice, Cuban became the budding company’s first investor, providing the seed money to build a demo trailer. TendedBar launched it’s demo trailer in 2015, and through rigorous testing at events through early 2016, gained valuable data on usage, maintenance, and positioning into new markets.
From this investment of time and research, the focus narrowed to first serving stadiums, arenas and other high-volume event spaces. After gaining traction in the high-volume space TendedBar obtained a contract with SMG/ Savor of Jacksonville, FL.
This contract is for a 6 screen Unit that serves Beer, Wine, and Cocktails. In 2018 TendedBar completed an equity crowdfund, with the help of Indiegogo, in order to fund this installation. During this process they re-acquired all remaining interests from Mark Cuban Companies after repaying the initial seed money in full. This gives TendedBar the ultimate flexibility in acquiring new business and partners alike.