Welcome to Croce’s Park West
When Jim Croce and I fell madly in love, I was a 16 year old artist, a gymnast, a folk singer, a high school sophomore and thought business was a “four letter word”. It was the early Sixties and Jim was a college Sophomore at Villanova University. We met at a contest, and he asked me if I would sing with him. We wrote songs, got an album deal with Capitol Records, and travelled a hundred thousand miles a year throughout the United States, in our beat-up VW, singing our songs. Jim was determined to be independent and make music his profession. When we discovered we were going to have a child, he wrote “Time in a Bottle”, “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim”, “Operator” and “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”. After 300 days a year, for two years on the road, Jim’s songs finally hit the top of the charts.
We moved to San Diego so Jim could host the Johnny Carson Show and do a movie with Cheech and Chong, but at the peak of his career while on tour, Jim Croce died in a plane crash in Natchitoches, Louisiana and as a twenty-six year old widow and single mom, I had no idea how I was going to raise my son alone…but I never gave up!
After thirty years of pioneering the Gaslamp at Croce’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar, keeping Jim’s music and memory alive, we lost our lease but we found our home in our own community.
Today at Croce’s Park West we are going to continue to keep Jim’s music and memory alive and provide a venue in The Expatriate Room for musicians to express their passion and independence.
Today, my husband Jimmy Rock and I are proud to introduce you to our new Executive Chef Russell Rummer, recently arrived from San Francisco, with a fresh approach to our American cuisine. Enjoy our Happy hour craft, draft, beers and specialty cocktails from 4-6 and 9 to close, our Wine Spectator wine List, and our team of welcoming professionals.
This is my story of how I survived, overcame obstacles, and how I am still risking it all.
Please be part of our story, and come say hello to me when you join us at Croce’s Park West…for great food, service, live music, heart and soul.
If you would like to share your story, please email me.
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