Destination Dublin

Photos by Matt McPherson
Gio Yepremian singing a medley of Irish ballads.

■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter

The Destination Coffee Bar and Bistro, known for their flights around the world to exotic places where the food and entertainment, is always class A.
Patricia and Gio Yepremian outdid themselves as hostesses of the affair. The air was filled with Irish laughter and auld sod humor, along with a discography of Irish ballads that included “Molly Malone” and “Londonderry Air” (also known to you city hipsters as “Danny Boy”).
Gio, whose voice puts birds to shame, thrilled and delighted the intimate assembly with a medley of Irish and Broadway production numbers. Why this lady has settled for Hemet and a bistro when she could be doing “My Fair Lady” in Manhattan is beyond me, but Gotham’s loss is Hemet’s treasure.
Hemet’s Rob Lindquist, who never ceases to amaze us with his melodious renditions of vocal music in I’m not sure how many languages that include French and Italian, took to the microphone. His “Danny Boy” makes one to look to his or her dear old mither of yore.
Not to be left out, the staff at Patricia and Gio’s joint is the most polite you will find anywhere within the confines of this hamlet we call Hemet!
And yes, yours truly ended the evening with a down south rendition of “Basin Street Blues.”
Ah yes, the cuisine: Irish to the core and supervised by one sweet Italian lass, Patricia Yepremian. Patricia, native to New York, is a prized citizen.
Patricia described her entree of corned beef and cabbage as though she had just written an opera set in Dublin, scene by scene. From wine to dessert, the dinner was as fabulous as it always is when someone cares enough to be authentic, and let me tell you folks, Patricia believes in authenticity when it comes to her kitchen.
Stuffed and satisfied, we sat around for another hour or so absorbing the atmosphere until somebody said, “Now git along ye heathens!” What a night!
Don’t forget dinner with Gio and Friends, An Evening of Jazz at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 23. Space is limited, so make your reservations at 951-652-0040.

Local patrons enjoying a night of entertainment before their Irish cuisine.

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