First it was our widely stomped-upon Lakers that local bar-owners were furious about, now it’s the beleaguered Dodgers. You might have heard by now, but the not-so-perfect storm of Frank McCourt’s awkward romance mixed with the psychopathic antics of two Dodgers fans has left attendance battered at Dodger Stadium. The Eastsider L.A. reports that Echo Park rollicker Barragan’s, where owner Armando Barragan claims Dodger games help “fills in the gap,” reports its sales off by about 20%, as less fans at Chavez Ravine means less pre-and-after partying at the Mexican restaurant and on Sunset Blvd.
Meanwhile, Masa says they had trouble giving tickets away as a promotion and had some customers refuse to go due to The Troubles all “the problems.” Strangely, that’s not the case for either Taix or Short Stop, both of whom report that the lack of a rush to get into Dodger Stadium itself has fans staying at the bar longer. Tapping into the infinite powers of booze, Barragan’s reports that its sales have rebounded slightly, not by offering free Dodger tickets, but rather by offering three dollar Tecates to the people who no longer can party in the parking lot at Dodger Stadium.
Dodger woes leave some Echo Park businesses feeling blue [The Eastsider LA]