Belly Up: Interview with Beth Bennett

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What is the name of your / the business and social media handle?

Belly Up


Instagram: @bellyuptavern

How did the name come about and how long have you been here?

“The Belly Up opened in 1974. The original owner, Dave Hodges, wanted to open a bar and his family told him if he tried it would go ‘Belly Up.’ So, in irony he named it that.”

What is your role at the company?

“I am the Director of Marketing and Special Events. I got the job by seeing there was an opening and I just called them up. I had previous experience at a couple different venues since my background is in Events and Music Marketing and so I was able to sort of take on two positions in one. I have been working here for 12 years now so my position has changed over the years. I oversee the day to day marketing and mostly focus on events.”

What is your favorite thing about the business?

“The family vibe of the place. Where everybody knows each other which creates positivity from the ownership on down. Everyone is extremely supportive of one another and it’s nice to work with people who care about you in and outside of work.”

What’s the best part about being in SB?

“Being close to the beach. Cedros and the whole town of Solana Beach is really beautiful.”

How do you feel your business reflects / fits in the community?

“I think the Belly Up helped form the community of Solana Beach and moreover the Cedros Design District. When Dave put the Belly Up here, it was a pretty industrial street and he knew he wanted to turn it into the design district. The Belly Up was / is the anchor of Cedros.”

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Do you know about BLOC and what we’re about?

“Honestly, no. I had seen your building but never knew anything about BLOC.”

Knowing more about us, is there a way for us to collaborate / work together?

“Definitely. We could give BLOC a couple of tickets monthly. This way your members can get the chance to come check out the venue and we can help promote smaller bands and fill space that otherwise would not have been filled.”

Do you have anything exciting coming up in the future?

“The reggae festival, Boom Shaka, on February 19th. It is the new ‘Reggae Legends’ festival based around bands that were influenced from the legends, but it’s more of the new San Diego feel with Stick Figures and Tribal Seeds headlining. That’s our newest biggest thing right around the corner!”

Did you always see yourself doing something like this?

“No. I didn’t grow up around or know any music promoters so I never saw myself doing this. I kinda fell into the position.”

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What was your first or most memorable job?

“My first job was at Dairy Queen. I remember it, but it was definitely not the most memorable!” 

What advice would you give your sixteen year old self

“Know that things will come together that you may not expect.”

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

“Sushi… there’s veggies and a little bit of everything in it.”

Anything else we should know about the Belly Up?

“It’s a legendary venue. If you haven’t been to a show here you need to come!”



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