Former Doll Hut Owner Linda Jemison Remembers the Clubhouse That Punk Built
Do you know what the plan for the space is at this point?
I did talk to Juan [Reynoso], the owner and he said he'll continue to be the land owner, he will still own the building, he sold the business to I believe two women and from what I understand, they own two bars that are very successful and they are Latino, Hispanic-based bars. I don't know what that means or what kind of format they'll have but he said they definitely were not going to continue the rock-n-roll sound there. So they may choose to change the name but he says as of now that sign is not going anywhere.
Is there a fun fact about the building that only people who were there back in the day would know?
There's a time capsule underneath the stage, under the floorboards that we put in there in 1992. Only a handful of people know about that so if anyone goes under there and starts digging they'll find our time capsule. A lot of couple are still together that fell in love there and got married and had kids. In fact somebody said they were going to start a website at one point called www.dollhutcouples.com or something.
So what are you doing these days?
I just moved back about a year ago from Wisconsin, I got married seven years ago and moved away, I wanted to escape California for a while and I missed my mom and family so I moved back. These days I do management and consulting projects for up and coming business, I worked on some political campaigns over the summer with a friend of mine and now I'm, launching a new company that's starting and just kinda doing what I want. I still dabble in music for benefit shows and things like that but I don't think I'll ever be in the music business full time again.
Any final thoughts about the Hut?
I think that deep down if you want to do something and you truly believe in it, it sounds really corny and really Disney, but I had all the faith in the world that I could do this and I didn't know it would have the impact it did, but the first night, after closing the doors and turning off the lights, I said a little thing to myself "All I want is to have a place that is remembered like the Golden Bear or the Whiskey and that's really all I want." It was like this little wish. And I just tried to stay true to people and care about them whether they were a patron or a musician, don't let 'em drive drunk, send 'em home in a cab, have fundraisers when someone has a house fire, look out for kids at Christmas time, always trying to give back. I think anybody would be capable of doing what I did if their heart was in it. People used to come up to me all the time and go, "Oh I'd love to do what you're doing." I said "go buy a bar and do it! Change the music scene!" There's other people out there who've done it. It feels great. You won't get rich off of it, but you'll have fun doing it.