Monsterland – the horror-themed museum, restaurant, and nightclub in downtown Mesa – is attempting to rise from the dead.
Owner Kevin Wynn, who converted his seasonal haunted house in September 2011 and then closed it in January of this year, has announced on Facebook that Monsterland will reopen with a ”Resurrection Party” on Aug. 24. The catch? It only will open for occasional one-off events.
Wynn has no plans to re-open the kitchen or bar on a regular basis while light-rail construction is clogging up downtown Mesa. And that work isn’t expected to be finished until late 2015 or early 2016.
During its 16-month run as a restaurant and bar, Monsterland served up surprisingly good burgers, sandwiches, and wings. Its 20 beer taps poured only Arizona microbrews.
It’s Wine Wednesday!
It’s Wednesday, which means deals on wine around the East Valley…
Today’s wine specials:
- Nicantoni’s: $1 off any any glass of wine; $1 of any specialty pizza
- Whole Foods Chandler: Get a glass of wine and nosh plate for $5 from 5-9 p.m.
- VinciTorio’s: Half-priced bottles of wine
- BoomBozz Taphouse: Half-price glasses & bottle of select wines
- Uncle Bear’s: $3 glasses of Barefoot; $5 glasses of Robert Mondavi
- Vintage 95: $5 glasses of wine after 4 p.m.
- Cadillac Ranch: Half-price bottles and carafes of wine 3 p.m.-midnight
City Wine and Spirits tastings
Have you checked out City Wine and Spirits, which opened at the start of this year near Power and Baseline in east Mesa? The liquor store has a good selection of microbrews, a 12-tap growler-filling station, and free tastings.
From 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, it’ll be giving away samples of 90 Shilling Ale, IPA, St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale, Loose Leaf American Session Ale, and a few others from Odell in Fort Collins, Colo.
From 4:30-7:30 Friday, try the American Pilsner, Black Iron IPA, Sunset Amber Ale, White Water Wheat, Flavor Bombers in Coffee Stout/Shaggy Bock/Hop Bomber, and Raspberry Wheat (on growler station) from Grand Canyon in Williams.
From 5-7 p.m. Saturday, there’ll be wine tastings of the Shebang! Cuvee VI red and Cuvee II white from Bedrock.
Gyro combo, pizza deals at Francisco’s
Get a gyro combo with a drink for just $5 at Francisco’s Brick Pizza & Pita in Gilbert. Normally $10.49, the Shopping Buyz online coupon includes a gyro or wrap, a side salad or pasta salad, and a fountain drink. Buy it here.
The website also has a free “buy one, get one free” coupon for Francisco’s brick-oven pizzas. Just print it here.
Oskar Blues ‘Comedy Night’ Tap Takeover
There’ll be an Oskar Blues “Comedy Night” Tap Takeover tonight at Sleepy Dog Pub & Bistro in Gilbert. Dale’s Pale, Deviant Dale’s, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Gubna, G’Knight, and Old Chub will be on tap from 7-9 p.m.
World Class Beverages rep and stand-up comedian Travis Thurman and some of his friends will take the stage at 9 p.m.
Flanny’s tap takeovers
Circle next Thursday, June 20, on your calendar. Ska Brewing from Durango, Colo., will be featured in Flanny’s monthly tap takeover. Looking ahead, Salt Lake City’s Epic Brewing will be the Tempe bar’s July’s tap takeover.