PETE TITTL: Brimstone still firing on all cylinders

The rocky road skillet brownie at the Padre. The brownie ($8) is topped with mini marshmallows, chocolate sauce, candied almonds and house-made rocky road ice cream. Stunning.

Here it is six years after the newly renovated Padre Hotel opened with a splash, and the bloom is not off the rose. Brimstone, the casual dining spot at the hotel, was bustling on the Friday we visited, with a clientele that varied widely in age and demographics. The pool table was busy, conversations were humming, the beautiful bar had a taker at every seat, and people-watching was at a premium.

My companion had a good view of the drama at a nearby table. It appeared that a mother-daughter team was on a double date. From the evidence, it looked like the mom was on a first —

The owners of 1933, from left: Lynn Gudmundson, Jacob Cadena and Brian Myrick. They are at the bar inside the Prohibition Lounge and Nightclub. “You hear in Bakersfield all the time that there’s nothing to do, but there’s so much to do here,” Myrick said. “This place has got so much in it. I mean, it’s an afternoon, it’s a lunch, its a dinner, it’s a concert, it’s a club; there is so much here to do. We wanted it to be like that. It’s a destination.”

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