Even if you don't know him by name, you've probably attended at least one show at a Jon Reiser venue in the past decade. He owns Detroit Bar with Dan Bradley, Diego Velasco, David Hastie, Mike Harris and Scott Hamilton (who also own all Memphis Restaurants and Tin Lizzie Saloon). He knows his rock & roll, and Reiser maintains that the Orange County music scene is as vibrant as any in the nation–which is why he and his partners have committed to breaking new live music in Costa Mesa. More than anyone, Reiser (who has booked talents like the Yeah,Yeah,Yeahs, Dinosaur Jr. and Elliott Smith) should know. “We do have a separate market, and we have three million people living here. No one wants to drive all the way to LA,” he says.
OC Weekly (Danielle Bacher): What was the intent of taking over Club Mesa and turning it into Detroit Bar in 2001? Why did you choose to manage the music venue instead of one of your other restaurants?