"We turned it into a real nice bar — a real nice neighborhood bar," Ziemer said. "It was really a dive before, you know, and our beer is probably the cheapest in town — the biggest selection and the coldest too."
He said much about the bar has stayed the same, except the music.
"We're not playing much Mitch Miller anymore," he said with a hearty laugh.
Despite the Top 40 tunes sometimes playing over the loud speaker, Ziemer's bar still has all the old military regalia up, honoring the time he spent in the Naval Air Force during the Korean War. Old photos of Costa Mesa hang on the walls, giving drinkers a chance to check out the town before most of them were around. It may not smell like a fancy watering hole, but that's not the point. It's a place to gather, play a game and make friends, Ziemer said.