Busy Day at Hells Kitchen

I had spent the entire morning working on my websites, and called up Ken to see if he wanted to ride up to Hells Kitchen and hang out for a...

I had spent the entire morning working on my websites, and called up Ken to see if he wanted to ride up to Hells Kitchen and hang out for a little bit.

Could not have been a better day to go riding, bright and sunny, warm about 90 degrees, but felt really nice when you're riding.

Hells Kitchen is a biker bar on Ortega Highway (Hwy 74), in the mountains above Lake Elsinore, CA. It's close, it's shady, and it's an excuse to go riding.

We got there, and I was amazed to see how crowded it was. I had never seen it so crowded before. I couldn't find a place to park my bike, and had to a ride around through the front and side parking lots a few times until another bike finally pulled out.

This was something, because there were worries that Hells Kitchen might go out of business. Last February, I posted an article here about some road work on Ortega Highway that had many bikers posting comments on various forums that they would not be riding it throughout the construction (scheduled to last 3 years).

If today was any indication, it doesn't appear the construction has done any harm. Since the construction began last February, most bikers have endured the construction zone and have come to realize that it's not that bad. Hells Kitchen is a great place to hang out with friends, and Ortega Highway is a great ride, construction notwithstanding.

It was just couple of weeks ago that Hells Kitchen opened up a full bar, and I found many customers ordering Jack-n-Cokes and Bloody Marys. I think that'll help keep customers coming back.

While we were there, members of a motorcycle club were handing out flyers for their poker run, of which Hells Kitchen was one of the stops. That kinda says Hells Kitchen is still an important hangout for the clubs in Southern California.

Maybe the construction was more about hype and hysteria. Or maybe, the SoCal biker community refused to let a great hangout wither away.

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