From Dive to Destination – Plan B

By | September 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm | 335 comments | Club Crawler Review, Columns, Feature Stories, spotlight bottom

By Lisa Morgan –

Plan B Live Entertainment and Cocktails is throwing a one-year “survival” anniversary party—and everyone is invited.

The festivities will take place at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29. There will be live music from “Over the Wall,” as well as amazing drink specials—something owner Jeannette Krehbiel has been providing since she opened Plan B one year ago.

Krehbiel accomplished what many men before her were unable to do: She turned a venue—in this case, the former Oasis bar, located on the corner of Ramon Road and Monterey Avenue in Thousand Palms—into a popular live-music cornerstone and local hangout.

As she talks about the one-year anniversary, her eyes are bright, strong and determined. She is, as she says, “all in” after overcoming huge obstacles, including a brutal economy and banks that did not want to help; she fronted the money on her own. Thankfully, her efforts are beginning to pay off.

In the year she’s owned Plan B, she has taken the place—previously licensed for beer and wine only—and turned it into a full-service bar. She even added some good bar food, with items costing between $4 and $8. Plan B is now home to a new patio, where patrons can take their drinks outside and enjoy a smoke.

Plan B showcases live bands every weekend, featuring practically every genre of music, from rap to metal. The building has been given a total face lift with a jumbo-screen TV, new furniture, pool tables that play host to leagues and open tournaments, Friday-night karaoke, and football events (on Mondays, Thursdays and all weekend). And Krehbiel says she’s only getting started.

It’s not just the expanded liquor license, the new entertainment and the cosmetic changes that turned this bar from a dive into a first-rate entertainment club: Also important is the warm and friendly relationship-building that takes place inside. Many patrons who have given this bar a chance have quickly made it their home away from home—a place where they are greeted by name and are treated like honorary family members. You can see the genuine love Krehbiel has for her patrons and her employees.

Plan B is still something of a hidden gem, undiscovered by many. It’s just a matter of time until the rest of the valley finds this treasure.

Celebrate the success of one amazing woman’s dream while enjoying live music, great drink specials and terrific people at Plan B Live Entertainment and Cocktails, 32025 Monterey Ave., in Thousand Palms. But consider yourself warned: Plan B just might become your “Plan A.”

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