Bomberos Closing Its Doors This Sunday

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I'm so sad for Sunnyslope. One of the hippest hangouts in the neighborhood -- one that really upped the area's cool quotient -- is counting down the hours until it goes dark.

It looks like Bomberos Cafe & Wine Bar really is going to close its doors for good, after failing to agree with the landlord on the terms of a lease renewal. There's been talk of the closure for awhile, and now an employee tells me that this coming Sunday is the last day in business.

There's live music in the works as a farewell: a Brazilian band from 1 to 4 p.m., and a DJ from 4 to 10 p.m. Why wait until then? Today's just as good a day as any to head over for a glass of vino and get one last chance to enjoy that stunning patio.

Owners Kristi and Oscar Mastrantuono are looking for a new space to move into, and I hope they don't limit themselves to vacant old fire houses (the current location used to be a fire house, and the name Bomberos means "firemen" in Spanish). 

What the heck -- the original Postino opened in a former post office, but later launched a second spot in a revamped deli without anyone so much as scratching their heads over the name. 

Any neighborhood would be lucky to have a groovy little biz like this, with friendly proprietors, great nibbles, and luscious South American wines. Not familiar with Bomberos? You missed out, then, buddy -- and hey, we really did try to get the word out on this place. Read our profile of Oscar Mastrantuono from the 2008 Best of Phoenix.

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Gideonbanks
Gideonbanks

The owner ran this like a amateur operation. It was like his heart wasnt in it anymore. I hope something new and exciting comes in this space as we love the patio and the entire feel of this place.

Lise
Lise

Agreed Michele. Can't wait to find out where the new local will be, I love Bomberos and definitely don't care if the new spot isn't an old firehouse!

Sima
Sima

Hello Kristi and Oscar,Sima of Marcellino Ristorante here. Just read the news about you leaving your existing space. From one husband-wife team to another....You will make it wherever you go. There is nothing stronger than what we have. "When one door closes, another opens." It is your invitation to become stronger. Why not come to South Bridge in Old Town Scottsdale? It was the best decisoin we could have ever made. There just happens to be space available right next door.......You could be our neighbors.........Call me.In friendship,Sima and Chef Marcellino - MARCELLINO RISTORANTE

Just sayin'
Just sayin'

Actually Oscar and Kristi are NO longer a team. The scumbag!

WesleyTech
WesleyTech

Bummer to hear they're closing shop, but I certainly hope they open again at a new location that is close by! North Phoenix needs more awesome spots like this!

Dwntwnphxguy
Dwntwnphxguy

Best wishes to the owners on getting a new spot. Phoenix desperately needs small business and less bullshit chains. We need Applebees like we need more Walmarts.....

Justask85479
Justask85479

Pity. The loss of this place is a testament to how lame the neighborhood is.

Pokeherface1
Pokeherface1

This closure has nothing to do with "how lame the neighborhood is", jagoff. Get your facts straight before you open your mouth. I'm a 20 year resident of this neighborhood, and have been amazed at how well this place has done. Our neighborhood has supported it greatly & are very sad to see them go. They are not closing from lack of business, but because their landlord is almost DOUBLING their rent!

Joel LaTondress
Joel LaTondress

if the place was a cash cow, would he be doubling their rent? just thinking out loud here...

Pokeherface1
Pokeherface1

In fact Joel, the landlord is of the opinion that they (the owners of Bomberos) have been taking too big of a piece of the action. He apparently now wants his. The reason for this, from what I understand, is that like most business', the tenants are paying rent by the square foot for the INTERIOR of the space, NOT the patio. Since the patio is probably larger than the inside, the landlord now wants "his share" of that income. Thanks for weighing in.

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