PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A reunion filled with tears and laughter was recently held at a place now known as the Garage Door Saloon.
It used to be called “The Decade,” an unlikely spot for an extraordinary rock club.
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“We caught on fire here. We started playing just about every Thursday and Saturday night. For a long time. And the whole Pittsburgh music scene built up around the club,” said Joe Grushecky with the Iron City House Rockers.
Local bands like the Iron City House Rockers honed their craft at The Decade. Club owner Dominic Disilivio made it happen.
“You’d learn to like ’em. They just captured everybody’s heart here. They were just a great, great group,” Disilivio said.
With a gruff manner and a fatherly soul, Dominic Disilivio ran The Decade like a family. Literally and figuratively.
His first wife Janet Chepes was his partner in The Decade. While they had five babies together, the marriage went off the rails. Soon Dom’s ex-wife and new wife all worked together at the club. Imagine that.
“I said to the two of them and my manager, I said ‘all these years you all profess you loved me and this and that and I just want you to help me out with this,’” he said. “The first wife said to the second ex-wife, ‘I don’t remember telling him I love him still.’”
Despite the family drama the club and the music were magic.