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Friday, January 27, 2006 11m CATALINA ISLANIN~ Pa~e 3 J J II III,I [ II I I II IllmJ~L!' !!111 By Dennis Kaiser Avalon's nightclub has been sold to Jason Kellerher, 33, and Eddy Cinque, 35. The partners, who have long been regular visi- tors to the Island, said they bought the club about two weeks ago and have about that much longer before escrow closes. "It's a dream come true for us" said Cinque. "We want to be suc- cessful so that we can eventually afford to buy a house her in Avalon. This is not just about business. That was second. Our agenda was that we just love Catalina and we have so many friends here. The fact is establishment while Kellerher's sister oversees the Palm Springs club. In fact, they said it was the success of that venture that has allowed them to purchase the Chi Chi Club. While the two said that they have a lot of ideas for improve- ments, they are planning to keep much of the Club as it is and actuo ally they want to accentuate its colorful history. "We are going to redo the bath- rooms, and add mirrors to the dance floor and bring more of a feel to the club" said Kellerher. "We are also going to have Porschia Dening and Jack Diedrek touch up that getting the business is like God s the murals. But otherwise we want tdling us that this was meant to be:' to keep the club as it is:' The two youthful businessmen ''We have heard a lot. from the already have four year's of locals on what they want and we enee between them. Along with want the club tobe locally-based," Kdled 's sistnr Michelle, they: Onque, "We also lq hang cut m a loenge Pahn Springs. Kellerher and amaosphefe:' said they are Cinque ill run the Catalina bouncing amu an idea of isse- ConUnued from page 1 called 911 from the office, and first aid procedures were initiated. Seagull reported that local fire, police, and paramedics were on the scene "faster than you could imagine" It is said that the worker picked up something that-looked like a medicine bottle, which had a small pin on it. He pulled the pin and the device exploded in his hand. The firing mechanism sounded a lot like a mariners flare gun operation, but with a possible shot gun shell attached or disguised. This was based on the pellet like injuries on his other arm. Stout noted that two good kids got hurt today; one is a year out of high school and maybe maimed for life." He said the facility had determined the day the trash in question was picked up, and were working backward in an attempt to pinpoint the scmree. A witness at neighboring Jor- dam construction recounted, "the biggest explosion I've ever heard and I'm used to dynamite from the quarry." Introducing the Catalina Express Gift Ca . which can be purchased in any amount, over the phone, online, or at reservation windows of any Catalina Express terminal, it for travel aboard Catalina Express, for upgrades to the C rnmodore or Captains Lounges, and in the terminals' cafrs. moto by oem Kak w' New owners of the Chi Chi Club Kellerher Oeft) and Cinque (dght) below a picture of the original owner Cladta Fazzad. will allow them to get in without a rover charge. They are going to add some of the dements they found that worked well in their Palm Springs dub. "We are going to have NTN tl lational 'IYivia Network) and it wig be free for the customers:' said Cinque. "It's game channel in which people can compete with others in the United States and Canada in a game of mental prowess, It's a lot of fun." The said lhat they want to also pay honor to the club's past, which goes back to when it was first opened, albeit in another unit below the club's eenent :second story location on Sumner Avenue. T~ and Cinque s~d th~ L,e the sixth owners of the C hi Chi Club. "That is from what we've been able to gather" said Cinque. "Clarita Fazzari was the first owner. She is the reason that they call it the Chi Chi. She was known as 'The Cuban Fireball." She would dance topless on a big drum in the middle of the dance floor." A replica of a painting of Fazzari still hangs in the club, staring down from a spot overlooking the bar and dance floor. "She's out patron saint," said Kellerher, gig- gling slightly at the notion. The two say they are excited about how they got lucky and were one of a few businesses cho- sen as a location for the recent filming of-the "Dr. Phil" TV show. The program will air nationally on Feb. 13 and 14 and features the fame psychologist/author and lec- turer whose career took off on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" "As gay guys we have learned that there was some concern that we would turn it into a gay bar," said Kollerhor. "We are not going to do that. We still want ifto,be a place where young guys whogrew up here can come in amt meet women and dance and haveSan." When they are.not bray the businesses, the patting, aaid (hat (key #an to enjoy the]dand and what it has to offerinthe way Of kayaking and they are deter- to learn about bo alg. "We are going to retire here;" said Cinque. "This is our home:' said Kellerher. 'AVe see ourselves as residents of Avalon. We want to be good neighbors," said Cinque. % Located at the Golf Course O Sunday through Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. s 18.00 LUNCH 11 A.M. TO 2 P.M. * DINNER 5 P.M. TO CLOSING * PUB MENU AVAILABLE 11 AM. TO CLOSING For reservations, please call 310-510-7404 * OPEN TO THE PUBLIC NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED * I /: