The concept is simple: a place for seniors to dance on Sundays.
It's the details that are notable: country and western music at a Filipino restaurant that attracts Hispanics and whites.
The pancit, lumpia and halo-halo? Forget about it. The three dozen people who show up weekly are there to dance, not eat, except for the occasional bag of snacks and sodas or water between songs from the Joe Loco Duet.
For couples like Bessie Carlton and Manuel Invaldiva, it's part of their weekly circuit of Bakersfield-area dance venues. The couple -- "We've been going together for two years," said Carlton -- dance up to six days a week around town.
Both 84, they line, square, ballroom and round dance "depending on what's being played," Invaldiva said.
And they come every Sunday to D'Gourmet Filipino Cuisine restaurant, tucked into a back corner of the Golden State Mall on F Street. Even as the restaurant has changed owners, the music has remained in the hands of the Joe Loco Duet for the past four years.
"We play everything," said the duet's namesake, 77-year-old keyboardist Joe T. Garcia, including country and western, pop, bolero and Latin American music.
His cousin, Santos Cepeda, 66, plays conga and handles vocals. One of his most popular covers is the Buck Owens/Dwight Yoakam standard "Streets of Bakersfield.
Everyone knows everyone. It was Garcia's friend, Lorenzo Munoz of Lamont, who first suggested they play at D'Gourmet Filipino.
Even though Munoz and his wife, Virginia, don't dance -- she has bad knees -- they come each Sunday to "watch all our friends.
"We get tired of staying home all week," said Munoz, 85.
Rose Bryant, the restaurant's Filipina owner, is a registered nurse who teaches at both Bakersfield College and Porterville College during the week. She's owned the restaurant just since May, but realized immediately that the reason to open on Sundays was not to make money.
"These people are here just to dance," she said. "They're like my friends. It's a melting pot."