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Detroit Bar, O.C. music hub for more than a decade, is sold; venue to reopen as a gastropub

by Kevin Bronson on January 11, 2014

detroitbarsignDetroit Bar, the Costa Mesa nightclub whose hip music offerings belied its location in a nondescript strip mall, has been sold. The venue, at 843 W. 19th St., will morph into a gastropub named The Wayfarer – A House of Social Provisions under new owner Jeff Chon, who helms the Newport Beach restaurant The Alley and the Costa Mesa eatery Tabu Shabu.

The timetable for the changeover is at this point unclear; there are no shows on the Detroit Bar calendar beyond the Feb. 8 Fu Manchu concert. A full press release about the transaction is expected early next week. A public relations representative for the outgoing owners the Memphis Group says that The Wayfarer plans on “continuing Detroit Bar’s legacy of presenting live music and also serving classic pub fare with a twist on modern gastronomy.”

The venue, opened in 2001, has played a vital role in the Orange County music scene over the past decade-plus, hosting national and international touring artists as well as residencies and shows by emerging artists from southern California.

Dan Bradley, CEO of the Memphis Group, says his company will focus on its other enterprises — the Memphis, Memphis Catering & Events division and the Tin Lizzie Saloon. He adds, “We are thrilled the legacy of live music will carry on in the location.”


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Doug January 11, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Let’s hope for the best. Detroit has offered solid music entertainment for a decade. Truly nice staff. Many of the best shows I’ve ever seen, I saw them here.

Jizo January 12, 2014 at 9:29 am

I definitely have enjoyed the Detroit Bar in the past, but it was usually more to do with the acts playing than its regular bar scene environment. I’m glad to hear the it’ll continue that performance legacy, but excited that this could finally be a regular boozing and gorging spot for me.

James January 12, 2014 at 10:27 am

Truly great news…i’ve always enjoyed detroit but also have been to both of jeff’s other places. i think that the new energy he could bring with a cool concept would make this place go another decade solid.

bill January 31, 2014 at 8:31 pm

grand closing.

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