Tuesday, October 25, 2005
NO DJ's OR DANCING ALLOWED IN ENC ?!?
This photo was taken before the boring lame people took over the town.
You may have noticed that the bar/restaurant in our beloved historic La Paloma building is turning over to yet another owner.
First, good riddance to Martini Ranch I say. I pretty much hated that whole scene.
Unfortunately, some of the things I hated about Martini Ranch will remain and in some ways the new place may be worse.
I have a personal hatred for hangouts with 50 television screens. Keep that crap in the sports bars. The very name "Martini Ranch" brought visions of sipping martinis and having intelligent conversation while listening to some jazz or Sinatra or something. Instead it was bad potato widgits, ESPN and decade old surf videos.
"At least the Martini Ranch had live DJ's spinning records sometimes", you say. Well, our sleepy city has adopted the fascist attitude that all music must be on CDs and listened to in your own home. Forget about art or self expression.
The license allows up to three musicians to perform but with no amplification, including microphones. Up to six video games are allowed, but pool tables are not.
Dude, I'm stoked we can play Golden Tee but these longhairs with their acoustic guitars are really disturbing my enjoyment of Monday Night Football.
Now, Martini Ranch had a bad habit of hiring lazy and untalented DJ's and ignoring the local talent pool. (Many people are completely unaware that several prominent club DJ's have grown up in Leucadia. One of them will be spinning records in New York this weekend). But at the very least we had one establishment to patronize that had a little something to check out.
Encinitas is the ultimate yuppie town. The median age of our population is 36. That leaves tons of young people who love alternative music (not top 40 baby boomer radio) and dancing and literally have no place to dance or just hang out and groove to music. Just because councilman Jim Bond wants to go to bed early doesn't mean we have too.
The film Footloose was about a new guy who moved into a town that banned fun but when it turned out that Jesus liked to dance sometimes the town elders gave in.
I laughed when I read "no wet t-shirt contest". Isn't that just some lame urban myth from the 1970's?
One of the new rules is that food sales must be higher than booze sales. How the heck do you regulate that? A 2 drink limit with every cheeseburger?
So, the new D-St Bar&Grill will have lots of tee-vees to watch and chicken wings to eat. This is unique how?
At least it's not another Italian place right?
No more vinyl, that's final!