The Doll Hut Lives Again! New Owners Say They're "Giving It Back to the Fans"

Categories: hooray!

Long live the Hut!
What? The Doll Hut's back?! How the hell did that happen?

In December of 2012, the Hut's tiny room full of local punks were sobbing in their beers and shouting in the streets after the Yeastie Boys ended the final gig before OC's iconic punk club would close it's doors and later re-brand itself as a Latin bar. We were sure the place was done for, a chapter in our local music history closed forever. That is until the Hut's former show promoter Michael "Mac" McGarvey basically came along and said "Psyyyyych!"

A year after the club's supposed extinction, the Doll Hut is now re-opened thanks to McGarvey and his longtime girlfriend Tammy Butler, who bought the place from the previous owners and rehabbed it back to it's former self. That just basically meant stamping out the bright colors, putting some blood and sweat back on the floor and slapping band stickers back on every wall. Ah, and suddenly the world is right again!

See also: The World Famous Doll Hut Closes it's Doors...Again. This Time For Good. (NOT!)

McGarvey, 38, who booked shows at the place from November 2009 up until it's final day in 2012, says that he'd wanted to buy the place last year but it didn't work out. Luckily that changed when the former regime decided that the little punk road house wasn't for them any more. Basically this confirms that if the Doll Hut isn't going to to serve cheap beer and loud, abrasive music, it might as well be leveled to the ground.

Courtesy Mac McGarvey
New Doll Hut owners Mac McGarvey and Tammy Butler
"Everybody's really happy it's come back and people keep thanking me," says McGarvey, a husky, bearded Long Beach native. "Everyone has special feelings about the Hut and there's really been an outpouring of help, well wishes."

Seeing an opening to grab the Hut several months ago, he finally jumped on it and hit the ground running, not even a full week after he'd bought the place. It's officially been open since Jan. 2, christened with a show by local bands Civil Disgust, Slave Labor Union, PROST and DMF.

Sponsor Content

Now Trending

From the Vault