"I snuck into Churchill's at 17. It was 1991 and I went to go see a band called Young Turk that had just gotten signed to Geffen Records and was about to go on tour. They were from Hialeah. I remember being scared out of my mind from the car to the front door," recalls Franco Parente, a local filmmaker documenting the rich 34 year history of Churchill's Pub in the film Little Haiti Rock City.
"I knew to avoid that neighborhood and I couldn't believe that they were doing a show there. I had the time of my life and came back the following week," says Parente, concluding the story of his first visit to the iconic pub.
Parente, along with producer Angel Markoulis, have been interviewing the colorful characters that have frequented the dive bar over the past four decades. Not just the customers and musicians, but also former and present staff, plus none other than Dave Daniels, who recently sold the spot he'd owned since September 1, 1979.
See also: Churchill's Pub: An Oral History