Sunday, September 12, 2010

Mississippi Moonshine in Anaheim

OCThen reader Jim T asks about an old friend named "Mississippi Joe" who worked at the Mississippi Moonshine in Anaheim...

I'm tyring to locate an old friend of mine nicknamed "Mississippi Joe" that worked as a bartender at the Mississippi Moonshine on Katella Ave. in Anaheim, CA back in the mid to late 80's. If you know his whereabouts, please contact me at jamest4us@yahoo.com. I used to play pool and chess with Joe and he was quite a character. Later he worked at a bar called Cheers West that was located in the Hotel 6 in Anaheim.

I believe the Mississippi Moonshine was between Harbor and Clementine, next to the Super 8 Motel. Now it's the Anaheim Gardenwalk parking structure.

18 comments:

  1. Wow I had forgotten all about the Mississippi Meat & Moonshine Company. Thanks for the flashback. I was a kid when that place was open.

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  2. I used this bar on a regular basis back in the 80s, while visiting from the UK,I used to stay at the Islander Motel, which i believe is still there, which was almost opposite to the motel, I do remember Joe the Barman, anyone remember when it closed down?, just about my favorite bar,

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  3. Jim T ,I sent you a Pm, anyone have any photos of the Mississippi Moonshine Bar? ps anyone know how to use the comment as at the bottom before posting?other than using Anonymous?

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  4. I hung out there for a time and sorry I do not remember "Joe". I remember "Pespi" the bartender, who was very handsome. His real name was John. He got the name Pespi due to his job before. He delivered Pespi. Wish I could help, I have often wondered why the bar shut down and what ever happened to Pespi.

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    1. Pepsi lives in Vancouver Washington

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  5. love to see a photo if anyone has any?

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  6. I use to Bar tend at the Miss. Moonshine in the early 80s. Worked with Bobby Bar, Jim Savage, Tom Hunt, Dale Britton, and Rueban Gomez. I was Known as Tennessee. It was owned by Jimmy Chang and Jeffery Chong.

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    1. Tennessee, whats going on. its Dale B. Give me a call at 949-292-4209

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    2. Well hi Tennessee! My name is Karen, and was there quite often. I am from Kentucky, and the only money I ever won on the Derby, was the pot there! I knew all the people you mentioned. my roommate Kaye and I came there together. I can't believe it is a parking lot now. we had some great times at the Moonshine. do you know what happened to ray biester, owner of jomar printing next door? I hope you see this, although it has been two years since your post. if you do please drop me a line at KSpeer1@msn.com.

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    3. Karen, your email does not seem to exsist?

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  7. I remember Pepsi too. Also, there was an older gentleman who used to give me Angels tickets that drove I believe a powder blue mercedes, but don't remember his name. Ray B. owned and operated JoMar Printing right next door, and he was a real character, often wonder what happened to him. I often wonder about the Moonshine, and am sorry to hear it is gone.

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  8. i too remember joe and pepsi and billy french does anyone remember the burn outs

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    1. Were the burnouts two Susie's........Pepsi is now living in Vancouver , WA.

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  9. i remember a group of girls called the burn-outs

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  10. My Uncle Bill Barnes was a patron of the moonshine untill the late 80s when he moved to Perris, CA. Did anyone know him?

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  12. A friend and I went up to Anaheim a few times while stationed at Camp Pendleton in the mid 80's and stayed in a motel right next to the Mississippi Moonshine. Loved that place! Don't let the name fool you. It may have sounded like a country bar, but rock music reverberated from the walls and it had an awesome dance floor. Never went to the bar. Always sat in the booths next to dance floor and servers brought the drinks. Sweet memories.

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