Closings

Harvey American Public House in Gilbert to close Saturday

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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Harvey American Public House, a neighborhood-centric bar and grill in Gilbert, will close Saturday night after nearly five years in business.

It made the announcement Wednesday on Facebook:

Sadly, Harvey American will be closing on March 25th at 12am. Please come in this week to wish our wonderful staff well. Be sure to speak to Paul. Thank you, HAPH Family. We will miss you all.

Harvey American Public House opened in June 2012 on the northwest corner of Val Vista and Williams Field. The menu featured burgers, sandwiches, pastas, ribs, and steaks.

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Short-lived HopWerks closes at San Tan Village in Gilbert

BY Jess Harter Thursday, March 2, 2017

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HopWerks, the craft beer bar that replaced World of Beer at San Tan Village in Gilbert last October, has closed after less than five months. The two other former WOB locations in Arizona – in Tempe and Tucson – were bought by Scottsdale-based Square One Concepts and rebranded as its Wasted Grain concept, but don’t be surprised to see them soon re-rebranded as something new.

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Closed: Flip’s Burgers & Brew at Mesa Riverview

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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Flip’s Burgers & Brew has closed its doors at Mesa Riverview shopping center in west Mesa. The sports bar opened in January 2016, taking over a space formerly occupied by Volcano Buffet.

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5-month-old sports bar IncogNitos closes in Chandler

BY Jess Harter Friday, February 10, 2017

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IncogNitos, a family-run sports bar specializing in made-from-scratch food, has closed after five months on the northwest corner of Alma School and Warner in Chandler.

The restaurant, which had taken over the longtime home of Gallagher’s Sports Grill, posted the news Thursday on Facebook:

IncogNitos closed its doors today. Dean and Faye have appreciated all their loyal customers, friends and family. It was only fitting we opened our doors on September 9th and closed on February 9th.

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Stingray Sushi closes doors after just 2 years in west Chandler

BY Jess Harter Monday, December 5, 2016

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After two years on the southeast corner of I-10 and Ray in west Chandler, Stingray Sushi abruptly has closed it doors.

According to various social media reports, staff was not informed of the closure until Sunday.

The original Stingray Sushi debuted in Old Town Scottsdale in 2003 and quickly became one of the Valley’s hottest sushi spots.

Additional locations opened at Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix in 2010 and the Scottsdale Quarter in 2011.

In September 2014, the owners closed the original, but expanded to Chandler two months later.

The Scottsdale Quarter location closed earlier this year. With the closure in Chandler, only the Biltmore location remains open.

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Citing a disgreement with its landlord, Unwined Bar & Bistro has closed on the northeast corner of Desert Foothills Parkway and Chandler Boulevard in Ahwatukee.

The wine bar opened in February 2014, and was sold to Jeff and Karen Stefl in April 2015.

According to their Facebook announcement:

It is with sincere regret that we announce that Unwined has closed. We were in lease negotiations with our landlord for weeks when we found out that our walk in cooler was not in compliance with current health codes relating to the type of freon used in the unit.

Since this unit is owned by our landlord we asked her to make the necessary repairs which were in excess of 10,000. She refused. Because we could not hold proteins at correct temps we were forced to forego the new lease.

Thank you for your support these last 2 years. We will miss you but will let you know where Unwined Too will be located!

The Stefls have plenty to keep hem busy in the meantime. This weekend, they and their sons are launching Twisted Cactus Brewing Company in Chandler.

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Cowboys Saloon abruptly closes both locations in the Valley

BY Jess Harter Friday, November 4, 2016

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Cowboys Saloon appears to have ridden off into the sunset.

The country music restaurant and bar concept, which was taking over former Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill locations nationwide, unexpectedly has closed its two Valley venues that reopened earlier this year.

Cowboys opened at High Street in northeast Phoenix in January and at Park West in Peoria in July. The Valley’s third ex-Toby Keith’s – at Mesa Riverview – reportedly was in the planning stages.

Now, all three sites are dark and locked. The website is down. Social media accounts are quiet. Phones go straight to voicemail.

Cowboys Saloon was founded in Davie, Fla., in 2011 by Anthony Perera, who eventually opened two more in Florida. Partnering with BG Capital Group, he attempted to take the concept nationwide.

Besides the Arizona locations, a Cowboys Saloon was opened in Denver, and another was scheduled to open in August in Syracuse, N.Y.

The Denver location also closed last week. Staffers hired for the Syracuse location have heard nothing from the unopened restaurant and bar in weeks.

Neither Perera nor BG Capitol have responded to inquiries.

Cowboys Saloon’s problems follow in the footsteps of Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill.

Phoenix-based Boomtown Entertainment opened 20 Toby Keith’s, including the three in the Valley, before its financial collapse resulted in mass closures and nearly $30 million in lawsuits, liens, and judgments.

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Closed: House of Brews in Gilbert

BY Jess Harter Friday, October 7, 2016

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After languishing for months, House of Brews has closed its doors on the southeast corner of Cooper and Warner in Gilbert.

Based on reports from several MXSW readers and some of my own observations, it’s been a tumultuous week for the restaurant and bar.

Late Monday night, two men reportedly arrived and seized control of the establishment, forcing all customers to leave.

Fearing a robbery was taking place, some of the customers went to a nearby bar and called the police. Eventually, they say, they learned the men were sent by the building’s landlord.

When I went by Tuesday, signs on the door indicated House of Brews would be closed for that day. The next day it reopened, but no one was ‘‘available’’ to comment on the situation.

Now, today, it looks like the closure is official.

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US Fries, the Valley’s 1st poutinerie, closes after a year on Mill

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, September 20, 2016

US Fries, which specialized in traditional Canadian poutine with an American twist, has closed after one year at Mill and Fourth Street in downtown Tempe.

The Calgary, Alberta-based chain opened its first Arizona location in Tucson in 2014, and added the Mill Avenue location in August 2015.

Traditional poutine is a combination of French fries, cheese curds, and brown gravy. US Fries offered a dozen additional toppings like chicken fajitas, beef brisket, or chile con carne.

The menu also had burgers, a pulled pork sandwich, cheese curds, and salads.

The Tucson location remains open.

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TQLA abruptly closes after 4 years at Mesa’s Dana Park

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, August 10, 2016

TQLA, a stylish yet casual Mexican and Southwestern restaurant and bar, has closed after four years at Dana Park on the northwest corner of Val Vista and Baseline in Mesa.

The spacious restaurant opened in September 2012 in a stand-alone building that originally was home to a Southwest-style chophouse concept called Sautée.

TQLA especially was known for its huge selection of tequilas, including seasonally infused tequilas and four tequilas served on tap at 5 degrees Farenheit.

TQLA’s original Houston location closed in 2014. The Mesa location was its only spinoff.

The restaurant made the closure announcement on its Facebook page:

‘‘It is with heavy hearts that today we make the announcement that we will be closing our doors effective today, August 10. This has been a very difficult but necessary decision.

We have very much enjoyed being a part of the community and wish you all the very best.’’

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