By Mike Salinas & Andrea Waitrovich
Angelo’s Pizzeria in downtown Pomona is hoping to attract more
college students to spend evenings locally with a variety of weekly
events including its weekend club nights.
“I want to change the image of Pomona,” said Rehan Farfan, owner
of Angelo’s Pizzeria.
The pizzeria, located on 135 E. 2nd Street, may not be a
typical place to spend an evening.
“It’s the ghetto. Pomona is really not that appealing for
clubbing or drinking,” said Ian Louie, a fourth-year horticulture
Some students drive 30 minutes to popular bars in downtown
Fullerton, Pasadena or Los Angeles, which is known for its
“There’s really nothing to do here whereas other cities have
something to do,” said Elizabeth Woolls, a third-year animal health
Angelo’s Pizzeria looks like a typical Italian restaurant with
its menu and family-oriented atmosphere, but it transforms into a
nightclub seven nights a week.
“It was a ghost town before I got here and I wanted to bring a
buzz to the city of Pomona. I have been running clubs for 10 years
and wanted people to see that there are things to do in Pomona,”
The restaurant hosts live performances from electro music on
Monday nights to rock performances on Thursdays.
“It sounds cool. It would be a good place to go when there’s
nothing to do,” said Nolan Rey, a fifth-year biology student.
Tuesday nights are mellow and are perfect for lounging, smoking
hookah and listening to live reggae.
Every other Wednesday of the month is a comedy night with eight
comedians performing on stage.
“I would go to the comedy shows with a group of friends. I think
they would enjoy it,” said Jackie Riggs, a third-year liberal
The weekends are the club nights. Friday nights are called “The
Roxx” and Saturday nights are called “Hot Spots.”
“Weekends are our best and busiest nights of the week. You have
not seen busy until you come on the weekends here where we can have
up to 300 people,” said Farfan.
All live performances take the stage from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Guests must be 18 years old or older to attend club events.
The pizzeria can also be used for small parties and banquets.
“We enjoy working with the students at Cal Poly and hope to
continue,” said Farfan.
Angelo’s is located on the corner of 2nd Street and Garey
Roland Tran/Poly Post
Angelo’s offers pizza by day, club by night
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