Greg Dulli’s Short Stop Re-ignites Echo Park
Taix, along with many others, traces the initial change to December 2000, when the Rampart Division cop bar called the Short Stop was bought by a cool group of young investors including rock ‘n’ roll royal Greg Dulli, the frontman of the indie band the Afghan Whigs.
Dulli and his friends shot pool at the Short Stop before they bought it, so they knew very well what kind of cultural shift they were about to introduce.
“We weren’t going to be a cop bar anymore,” Dulli says. ” Garth Brooks is not going to be on the jukebox anymore. The foosball tables are leaving too, and electric darts — what were you thinking? But if you’re cool with Johnny Jenkins and Black Flag on the jukebox, you’ll be fine.”
Dulli and company’s timing was perfect; they opened with a finger-meet-pulse concept just as the starving-artist types were being priced out of Silver Lake and migrating east.
“To this day I’m confused about what exactly a hipster is, but I’m sure we’ve served a few based on our sales of Pabst Blue Ribbon,” says Dulli, who grew up in Ohio watching his grandmother drink Pabst on the rocks.