It's hard to believe that just over a year ago we were wondering if The Wayfarer was ever going to be able to fill the shoes of its beloved predecessor, Detroit Bar. Or worse, were they going to do away with the old pair of shoes altogether and come up with a totally new concept (remember when the rumor of it becoming a gastropub drew a collective gasp from the locals?). But one of the best decisions that new owner Jeff Chon could've made for the Costa Mesa venue was to pair one old shoe with one new shoe and rocking them together to create a its own hybrid style. It sounds crazier than it actually is.
Jeff Chon Remember when they were just putting this sign up?!
Since opening in July of 2014, the Wayfarer has successfully started creating its own niche by splitting its clientele into two parts: the happy hour crowd and the live music crowd. A dual focus on quality bites and popular local bands at different times of the day helps build a clientele that can be at the venue regardless of who is playing that night. And for Chon, it's helped build the natural crowd for their new brand and hopefully ensure that the bar will be around to see another anniversary. We spoke with Chon recently about what he's learned about building his business at the Wayfarer one year after re-opening the venue's doors.More »