The Wayfarer Books First Show, We Peek Inside

Categories: Venue News

Jeff Chon
We've all been anxiously awaiting news about The Wayfarer since owner Jeff Chon took over the skeleton of the shuttered Detroit Bar earlier this year. Last month, we noticed the new branding on the Costa Mesa club's old Facebook page its main website. Recently, you may have noticed the curb side marquee on 19th St. trumpeting the change over. And yesterday evening, the club finally announced its very first show with rap legends EPMD on July 17. The New York duo are just in time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their 1989 album Unfinished Business. Next on the calendar is a performance from LA band Kitten on July 25. The club will start selling tickets on its website this Thursday.

While we certainly dig The Wayfarer's old-school approach to kicking off the building's new chapter, the decision to keep the performance side of the venue tagged as "The Detroit Bar Stage" has some folks curious about Chon's plans to proceed with his brand while still being tied to the old one. Considering all the changes he plans to make to the place, is it a smart move?

See also: Detroit Bar is Closing, Turning Into a Gastropub

"Places don't need to completely change in order to be great, I do think they need to evolve though," says the 30 year-old restauranteur--who also spent plenty of nights at the venue himself while growing up in Costa Mesa. Yesterday, we stood outside the venue with Chon as crews drilled and hammered away at his unfinished vision. Some of the old posters from the last week of Detroit's existence were still clinging to the rear entrance door.

"Detroit has been what its been for over a decade, and it's been great, but it hasn't evolved and so that was my goal in thinking this place could evolve into staying the same thing at its foundation. It's always been a cool hang out and a cool place for music, and that's what we're trying to keep it as."

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