Since living in South Oceanside from 2009 through the present, the last year has marked a huge change in the area. It's always had that potential to carve out a unique niche all it's own. Places such as the Captains helm, Bull Taco and Wrench and rodent had certainly touched on the tone of the place. Almost like OB but less hippy and more pirate. Buccaneer park, The Privateer, coal fired pizzeria, you get the idea. I think the ecomony following the 2008 debacle really slowed down the progress. But things seem to be speeding up around here. Two other brewerys/pub are slated to open on Coast highway. Like what I am seeing.
Found this great little write up on the closing of a dive in South O that is being replaced by the something hopefully much much better! Can't wait, but looks like I'll have to since it's not opening until December 5, 2014, the 80th anniversary of the end of prohibition.
A South Oceanside bar with a colorful past has just closed down and a
new owner is about to breathe new life into the place with a new staff,
new name and a remodel.
Look for The Pour House to open Dec. 5, 2014. The Beach Club on the corner of Kelly Street and
South Coast Highway closed for good last week.
Long timers will remember the building back in the ‘50s that housed a
wholesale produce warehouse called The Oceanside Produce Company run by
the Spano family.
Then, in the ‘60s, a beauty salon called The Beauty Bazaar took over
the front of the building while the produce section stayed in the back.
In the early ‘70s the three Spano brothers, Mel, Anthony and Joe,
turned the salon into a saloon and dedicated the whole building to The
Brothers Three, a successful beer and burger joint.
The late Mel Spano founded the Red & White Market on Vista Way (his sons Damian and Anthony run it now).
Brother Anthony still runs the Red & White Market north and the adjacent Harbor House Cafe in North Oceanside.
When Brothers Three thrived, there were three beer joints with pool
tables in South O. There was also Andy’s Mexican food on Coast Highway
near Vista Way (now Don’s Country Kitchen), and there was the Embassy
Room on Coast Highway (now Pacific Coast Grill).
The story has it that the Brothers Three was a big hit right out of
the box as adult baseball teams and construction workers gobbled up the
burgers and beer.
But then the Brothers Three opted for an “upgrade,” and went with a
more expensive steak and lobster fare. The upgrade was a misfire. The
blue collared crowd wondered what happened to their bar and they went
Next, in the early ‘80s came Schroder’s, named after new owner John
Schroder who also had a beer bar called The Red Vest near the Drive Ins
on Mission Avenue.
It was widely loved for its occasional outdoor authentic soul food
BBQ mission. The continental format under Schroeder’s didn’t flourish
either. The bar and grill eventually morphed into Molly Bee’s named
after the owner/operator who was a country music singer best known for
her 1952 hit “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” and as a TV sidekick on
The Pinky Lee Show and the The (Tennessee Ernie) Ford Show.
Then around 1995 the bar became Greystokes, one of two Oceanside gay
bars at the time (now there are none). It has been the Beach Club since
around 2000 until it shuttered Oct. 21.
That brings us to the Pour House. It is the concept of new owners
David and Emily Rassel. Many know David from his years working behind
the bar at Larry’s Beach Club in Oceanside and the Golden Tee in
David says after a remodel he will reopen the bar and restaurant with an entirely new staff.
Reposted from: Inside Oceanside