Histoty

36 Years Serving the Westside Gay Community

The Roosterfish opened in 1979, the brainchild of two remarkable men, Walter Schneider and B. M. Alexander, known as “Alex” to his friends. These two pioneering businessmen had started one of the first gay establishments in West Hollywood, The Gallery Room. Alex and Walter also briefly ran a hot discotheque called Up Disco.

Walter and Alex decided to locate to Venice when their friend Lewis Beckman spotted a prime location on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. As Walter and Alex enjoyed sailing off the coast of Mexico near Cabo San Lucas, they named their new establishment after a feisty species of game fish know as a “roosterfish.” Lewis served as the manager of the bar, serving cocktails until his much-lamented passing in 1994; by that time, Walter, who had been a silent partner until Alex’s death in 1988, became active in the day-to-day operation of the bar. When Walter himself passed away in 2006, celebrated but missed by his many loving friends, he left the Roosterfish to his accountant, Doug Amann, Donald Rhyde (who had been Alex’s domestic partner), to a comrade of long standing, Don Cranford, and a loyal friend, Gary Mick, who now manages the bar.

An important landmark on a vibrant boulevard in Venice, California, the Roosterfish serves a discerning clientele drawn from across Southern California and beyond.

David Crocker

The Roosterfish is one again proud to once again welcome multi-award winning painter and artist David Crocker.  David’s latest exhibit, “As One Boy With Another” is a mixed media exhibition of lifesized paintings depicting “multiple exposures” of the male nude.  the viewer is challenged to connect body parts and forge new relationships that blur the lines between organic pleasure and societal prohibition.

The title of this exhibit was inspired, in part, by French author J.K. Huysmans.  His novel A Rebours (trans. Against Nature) created such an example of extreme decadence that he was accused of promoting spiritual and moral perversity. This novel is even mentioned as a negative influence on Oscar Wilde’s title character in “The Picture of Dorian Gray.”

David Crocker’s work was perhaps best described by the LA Alternative Press which called it, “dripping with raw emotion and vibrant color!” David received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors from Michigan State University, studied painting in Florence, Italy, and was classically trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA.

The Roosterfish will be displaying several of David’s homoerotic works through the end of April, so please come down and check them out. You can view several of his other pieces on his website at www.DavidCrockerArtist.com