El Mo

I don’t get out to shows as much as I used to, but I was very happy to learn that the El Mocambo has been bought by Marco Petrucci and Sam Grosso, Grosso of Cadillac Lounge fame. Numerous bands have played this Chinatown venue, including famously the Rolling Stones and Elvis Costello. Its last owner  Abbas Jahangiri (who purchased the bar back in 2001)  never seemed to really “get” the bar’s history or the importance of its iconic street-side palm tree sign, as proven by his plans to turn the place into a jazz/hip hop dance studio. Anyway, Petrucci and Grosso definitely do “get” El Mo’s landmark status and have plans to restore it to its former glory. They are certainly the right people to be handling this project (as anyone who has been to Cadillac Louge will attest).