First, there was the man. Then there was a book, and a play, and now a film about Jack Durant, founder of Phoenix's best-known steak house and, well before anyone thought to write about him, the subject of lots of really amusing rumors. But is the truth about Durant, a colorful character who was at least a notorious ladies' man and at most may have been connected to the mob, fodder for a feature film? That remains to be seen.
The script for Durant's Never Closes concerns a single day in the life of Durant, who died in 1987. The man rather famously left his house and an annual allowance of $50,000 to his pet English bulldog, Humble. He made a mint, and spent some of it to help build Good Samaritan Hospital. He liked to boast the Don Bolles murder was planned in his restaurant's lounge. He reported enjoyed ridiculing his patrons, and was briefly, in the 1950s, one of the FBI's Top Ten Most Dangerous Men in Arizona.More »