By DOUGLAS W. MOTLEY
Randy Sabby and the Compton Cowboys paid a return visit to The World Famous Stockade Grub and Whiskey Restaurant last Thursday and Friday afternoon for the second time in as many years. Their last visit here was during last year’s Jamboree Day parade when, as a featured parade entrant, they road their horses down Lake Drive.
Last week, the Compton Cowboys brought with them the Los Angeles-based Greatest Hits Production House film crew to produce a film that will feature The Stockade in a series of commercials to be seen on social media and at gas stations as customers are filling their tanks, as well as on late night TV.
The film crew spent two days filming inside the Stockade’s barroom and their outdoor patio, with customers, waitresses and owner Chip Anzalone seen prominently as they went about their normal routine of tending the bar and serving customers who were enjoying their beverages and meals in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, while L.A. area bands played in both the bar and on the outdoor stage, as if nothing special was occurring.
The Compton Cowboys brought with them two horses that were tied to a wooden rail in front of the rustic wooden sidewalk in front of the restaurant. The horses were getting much attention as customers and other locals adoringly pet them.
Meanwhile, inside the Stockade, many of the dozens of patrons arrived wearing typical western attire, such as cowboy clothing, cowboy boots and cowboy hats.
When Compton Cowboys leader Randy Sabby was asked how long he had been active around Southern California, he told the Alpine Mountaineer, “I’ve been doing this my whole life, about 33 years.”
Johnny Marine, a roadie for Greatest Hits Production House, who resides in Pomona, said he was visiting Crestline for the first time. “I have known these guys and have been hanging out with them for years. I love the atmosphere here; the people are very friendly and respectable. I’m having a good time.”