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"Here, it's a traditional beef and booze menu. But the theme is interesting, because it's all about horse racing -- everywhere you look there's either a trophy, or a photo of a horse, or of a jockey. And they also have live entertainment. They used to have a guy that played multiple instruments at the same time -- a one-man band.
"Now when they have music, they have piano, and always have someone singing, and often times they allow the public to sing. It's not really karaoke -- karaoke's a whole different ball game, where any old joe just goes up there and reads the lyrics. Here, people who enjoy singing get up and sing. It's a tradition that goes way back, 50, 60 years, where restaurants would have piano bars. The people who sing are not horrible -- they generally have some talent. And they're usually singing standards -- not contemporary stuff." 233 East Huntington Drive, Arcadia; 626-441-2430.
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