The diner, which celebrated its third anniversary at the end of last month, closed for financial problems, according to co-owner Blake Smithson, who said the club faced the costs of
renewing all of its various food, beverage, and entertainment licenses, as well
as some overdue tax payments, and "the specter of June, July, and
August" - the lowest-revenue three-month period of the year.
He and fellow
co-owner Chicky Stoltz first talked about shutting down on Thursday, made the
decision and told the staff on Friday, and kept things going on Saturday in the building, formerly owned by members of the family of '50s rock star Rudy Vallee.
Smithson said he'll
be letting the bands playing regular gigs there know by e-mail later today.
(The casualties also include a May 27 gig that was planned to be part of the
Phoenix's Best Music Poll Festival, featuring roots-rock bands King Memphis and
the Bourbonaires - a band counting among its members Smithson, Stoltz, and
booking agent Nick Bloom.)
Smithson was tired
and sad when reached Monday by phone, but was trying to remain positive, saying
"I have really really enjoyed being so involved in the music scene in
He wants to become
more involved, actually, and is keeping his eye out for club or restaurant
owners who want to collaborate on Chicky's-like projects in the future, and
playing more often with the Bourbonaires.
Stoltz couldn't be
reached immediately for comment; look for updates here later in the day.