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Arizona Grille Closes; 'Bootz' To Open In Its Place

New bar/restaurant to open next month.

Arizona Grille has closed and will be replaced by a new bar/restaurant under different management.

Bootz Saloon & Grill is expected to open next month after remodeling work is completed. The space will be leased from the building's current owner.

A representative from Bootz could not be reached for comment Monday morning.  

The Southwest-themed Arizona Grille opened in 2006 but was never able to find a consistent audience.

Owner Tom Tsopelas was pretty frank how business was going.

"Not good," he told me. 

Tsopelas blamed the slow sales on the lack of redevelopment on 27th Street. You don't need to look any further than Arizona Grille itself to see what Tsopelas was talking about - both of the parcels next to his are empty, with plans for strip malls yet to materialize.

Tsopelas was also critical of Oak Creek city officials for failing to deliver on redevelopment plans. Look for a story on Patch in the near future about 27th Street redevelopment efforts.

I wrote back in April.

Debbie Maley July 18, 2011 at 06:25 PM
What a shame. This was my son's and my favorite place to go.
Joe K July 19, 2011 at 02:09 AM
Their parking lot always seemed empty, especially compared to Mulligans'. Hopefully Bootz can offer some kind of nightlife.
Debra Mueller July 20, 2011 at 03:32 PM
That is a shame, what the third restaurant now to go in this place?
Debra Mueller July 20, 2011 at 03:35 PM
Sorry, didn't finish comment. Oak Creek wants restaurants, but then doesn't patronize the ones they have in the city.
Kim Hoover July 29, 2011 at 04:53 PM
We loved Arizona Grille when they first opened and frequented it quite often, however the service was terrible and the reason we stopped going there (after many chances). Unfortunate but true.
Ryan Sell July 29, 2011 at 07:48 PM
This is Ryan from Bootz Saloon, let me apologize for not being available for comment on Monday. Let me start by saying how thrilled we are to become a part of such a great community. We are very excited to provide the city of Oak Creek with great food and a much needed night life. We look forward to meeting and serving all of you in the near future, in the mean time feel free to find our page on facebook and stay up to date with our progress. sincerely yours, BootZ Saloon

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