Dope, Guns, and Settling Down

How Amphetamine Reptile changed American music--and then went into the bar business

Instead, Hazelmyer casually tends to a drink at Grumpy's, joking with patrons who used to frequent the bar at 1111 Washington Ave. when it was known as the Roadhouse. Haze has achieved longevity, he says, by paying attention to "nickel-and-dime stuff," and you can see he takes pleasure in getting to know names and faces. He takes as much pride in maintaining a neighborhood feel in the punkified bar as he does in the new floor design and jukebox--stocked with only two AmRep standards, by the way, a compilation album and Helmet's Meantime. Hazelmyer shares ownership with his father, whose metal company jumped ship to rural Tennessee some seven years ago, and also with an old AmRep associate, Dave Peil. And Lori Barbero is there, too, managing the bar for happy hour. "Everyone that he works with, he ends up doing more business with at some point," Barbero says. "He's got a great heart."

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