The Crosby, Nightclub Next to Site of Kim Pham Beating Death, to Close

Categories: 2014 Homicides

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I thought it was strange late Tuesday night to see mournful photos and posts on social media regarding The Crosby, the nightclub/restaurant outside where Kim Pham was beaten to death Jan. 18. It seemed callous, especially so soon after Pham's death.

Wednesday morning, I finally realized the reason for the posts: The Crosby is closing for good in the wake of Pham's death. It's a stunning move that's jolting downtown Santa Ana and will have repercussions in the area--where city officials have poured millions of dollars to make it attractive for out-of-towners--for years to come.

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No official announcement has been made by Crosby owners Chris Alfaro, Phil Nisco, and Marc Yamaoka, but sources close to the Crosby have confirmed its closing, and Crosby fans are posting their condolences on the Facebook pages of the owners. The Crosby hasn't opened since the night of Pham's beating, and no reason is being given at the moment--but a press release is expected.

The closing of the Crosby will also reverberate in the world of food and music. We named them Best Restaurant a couple of years back in our Best Of issue, and the Crosby's connections with the music world through Alfaro's Free the Robots made it an internationally famous night spot. We'll have eulogies for its food and music legacy over at Stick a Fork in It and Heard Mentality later. In the meanwhile, read our 2007 cover story on the tough time it had opening. And stay tuned here for any developments.

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joepoe
joepoe

I have a Mexican friend. Yeyo,  who is not a racist – he’s a linguist. “If it speaks Spanish,” he warns, “don’t vote for it.  Been there, done that, fled that. ” He goes on, “I tried to escape Mexico when I came to the states; woke up one morning back in Mexico – only it was called, perversely, North Hollywood.”

Interesting that Latinos are doing better in Anglo-Majority environments (San Juan Capistrano,  Irvine, Santa Clarita) that in Latino-Majority places: Brawley, Commerce, South Gate, Cudahy, Colombia, El Salvador, Bell Gardens, Lennox, Coachella, Mexico etc.

Spanish speakers have tried over the years to create bastions of human rights, women’s rights, free speech etc. These experiments have been variously known as Nicaragua, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, El Salvador, Cuba. These thriving ecomomic powerhouses draw freedom-loving immigrants from across the globe. These are models of restrained police tactics and educational innovation.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Liquidating assets in advance of the Civil Lawsuit ...



sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

People should demand that there be inside security ( there usually is)


AND OUTSIDE SECURITY


go to a concert or ball game and NOTICE THERE ARE POLICE


BUT AFTERWARDS??? 


except for a few maybe directing traffic MAYBE


that wont cut it




downtownbrown
downtownbrown

Ironically the linked story is about how the Crosby's owners had so much hasse getting the place open due to the city's concern it would become a trouble spot.  Guess what ese?  The eses showed up.  Although it is entirely poss that Kim Pham and her crew started the shizznit, the thug life is hard to eradicate.

Dan Davis
Dan Davis

you better step off andy and go eat a dog pho mother fucka!!! and i want Gustavo mom

Everett Sandoval
Everett Sandoval

Well what do you expect? Dtsa is the east l.a. Of the o.c. Its a lost cause. This is why people move out instead of working with the community.its the easy way out. Literally. Cus they know that if they stay its either guna get worse or god forbid get gentrified. The only problem is when we move out somehow those cholo thugs end up in the same communities we left in the firstplace. If thats your hood. Then why do you leave?

Veronika Speers
Veronika Speers

I thnk the point is that somebody cn die right on their doorstep and nobody noticed? That seems bizaar and odd. Who wants to party in such a place?

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

 Look on the bright side -- maybe the space will be used for quinceañera shop.

Meli Hermie Renteria
Meli Hermie Renteria

The Crosby was never a "thug" place... If anything more hipster... These thugs can be anywhere , this could have easily happened in dtf , Costa Mesa , HB, whatever... RIP KIM PHAM

Stephanie Laguna
Stephanie Laguna

Oh wow. I was down the street from that place that night. Poor woman. God bless her soul.

Andy Au
Andy Au

I'm glad the owners of The Crosby decided to close down the restaurant/nightclub. Their location gives the downtown Santa Ana a bad rap. Many people today still see Santa Ana as a thug city where Mexicans feel they own that area. By beating up the Asian girl to death, more people will continue to stereotype the Mexican community in Santa Ana as "thugs."

Andy Au
Andy Au

The owners of The Crosby were unaware Kim Pham was laid out unconscious until the cops arrived. They should be ashamed for their lack of security for BOTH indoor and outdoor.

Andy Au
Andy Au

When Cantina Lounge in Fullerton was closed last year, I was very sad and upset. Maybe The Crosby can take over that place.

Andy Au
Andy Au

Margarita, I don't understand your argument with Starbucks. Why would someone who drinks 2-4 glasses of alcohol at The Crosby, then decides to walk to the other side for a drink of coffee?

Andy Au
Andy Au

More people mourn where she died than the people going to Crosby's. The owners of the nightclub can move somewhere in the OC like in Fullerton where Cantina Lounge once stand.

Lucy Perez
Lucy Perez

I'm pretty sure it just going to be renamed.

Yolanda Alejandre
Yolanda Alejandre

I am sad to see some great spots in dtsa close. When I lived in Santa Ana and was involved with a gallery there I used to hang out at both the Crosby and Memphis. These bar/restaurants were a breath of fresh air and made dtsa approachable to people who would never have hung out in dtsa otherwise. It was such a fight to get these types of restaurants there but it seems that the city would still prefer cell phone/15anos stores for dtsa.

Page Montgomery
Page Montgomery

How disappointing to see a great spot close it's doors for a reason like this.

Aimee Engebretson
Aimee Engebretson

Yea I dont think they will ever be able to recover from that

Benjamin Ferenc
Benjamin Ferenc

damn, thats a sad blow to DTSA.. Such a great spot. I was there on opening night years ago and was so happy it had flourished. Its sad that they feel the need to close due to such a thoughtless, horrible crime. It helps the thugs win, they should remain open... Give a portion of the earnings to her legacy, or a soon to be Kim Pham fund to stop violence in young women... Thats my thought.

Ale Alvarado
Ale Alvarado

Elizabeth Gonzalez yeah, quite often too, it sucks if it would close:/

George Strange
George Strange

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realidee
realidee

The OC Bubble will never be able to fully embrace the idea of Urbanization in the heart of its County. 


Urbanization...you know? Diversity? With that comes good and bad.  


Since when do we live in a utopian society? 

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

That was stupid.

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

Fuck you, you know it's ORANGE COUNTY'S DOWNTOWN!

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

No way! Crosby will stay, reopen.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

"These thugs can be anywhere , this could have easily happened in dtf , Costa Mesa , HB, whatever... RIP KIM PHAM”


No, it could not have. It couldn’t have happened in South County. It couldn’t have happened in the Santa Ana of the Chantays (50 years ago). It is the direct result of the demographics of Santa Ana today.

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

The Crosby reopens but with another name and new cool shit!

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

Guess what, they don't own shit if you haven't noticed.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Oh thank god that place closed. Was lame as all get out. Dress code and charging admission and overpriced drinks. So far of all the places I've reviewed on yelp in OC that got 1 star only Haven Gastropub is still open. Hope they get shut down too.

Highway39
Highway39

You don't get invited out much do you, Andy?

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

Reopening! The North Left Restaurant and Bar! Look em up!

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

That's the plan.

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

Wrong! They are Reopening under another name-The North Left Restaurant and Bar!

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

Nobody has 'WON' shit.  Have you opened up your wallet?  This horrible story is not the fault of The Crosby.  They have done quite a bit already and you know they feel SO FUCKING SICK over it and have been since it happened.  BLAME THE CRIMINALS!  

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

So what, so do you.

kbear09090
kbear09090

The CAPS LOCK BUTTON is your friend. Learn it, use it.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@realideeThis whole line is tiring. This whole "OC Bubble" nonsense. Yes people live here because they don't want to be around undesirables and their problems. The high cost of living here keeps out alot of lowlifes. Plenty of hip urban places you can move to. I've lived in Chicago, Atlanta and Mobile and I'm sure you'd appreciate the diversity and soul in those places. Detroit is quite diverse and urban too I hear. Buy a house there with 3 months rent here around some diverse and colorful people.

mhip
mhip

@vegandawg23  So you're the black widow?

Then please go online and give the free food lane-cloggers at Costco 1 star. They're the scourge of the earth...

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@mhip @vegandawg23  Preaching to the choir there. Want to run my cart into those cheap asians standing around waiting for a stupid cracker with a piece of ham on it. 

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