|Penny Lane was established in 1994 by Pat & Theresa
Duggan, Roy Ashcroft, and Mark Tarpin. Prior to that the
building was an auto parts store. The Duggans hailed from
Liverpool where, in their youth, they actually knew The
Beatles! Pat & Roy, being carpenters, did most of the
woodwork and handiwork you still see at Penny Lane, and they
put together a great little pub.
In 2004, longtime customers, Brandie & Rob Cosaert, bought
Penny Lane from the original owners, made many
improvements, and quickly grew sales. Major kudos to Brandie
for managing Penny Lane and keeping it alive through the
worst recession of our lives, when MANY other local
restaurants & pubs went out of business. At this point Penny
Lane is probably the oldest independant pub in San Marcos,
and one of the oldest in North County! Brandie was also
perhaps the most beloved employer in the county. But, 8
bar-years translated into many more human-years for Brandie,
so she decided to move on to other things.
Luckily, 3 young men with experience, energy, and a love for
Penny Lane, bought the place on October 4th, 2012.
Penny Lane is now owned by Pete Zacarias, Bret Becker, and
Whether you call it The Lane, or The Penny, it has become
famous for it's atmosphere. And even though it could never be
called a pick-up bar, the great atmosphere at PL has spawned
hundreds of relationships, many of which have lasted for
years, and of course there were some that lasted only a few
But, even though the atmosphere hasn't changed much, the
improvements have been constant. The HDTVs, the carpets,
the sinks, the POS system, the new & expanded deck &
awning, the Touch-tunes jukebox, golf machine, improvements
in the restrooms, improved A/C (to come), and many more
improvements have all helped to make the place a little nicer
for customers. The menu has also been significantly improved
in recent months, and the frying oil is now trans-fat free!
Penny Lane Pub & Grill is the kind of place that embodies the
idealism and optimism of the sixties, that seemed to be
introduced by the Beatles. But those values have been
appreciated by many people, of all ages.
Please come in to check out the ever-improving Penny Lane.