Mesa's Legendary Hollywood Alley to Close on July 31
The proprietors of Hollywood Alley dropped an atomic bombshell on Facebook Thursday afternoon, and its devastating news: The venerated Mesa rock bar will be closing for business on July 31, just shy of its 25th anniversary.
Benjamin Leatherman R.I.P. Hollywood Alley (1988-2013)
It would be safe to say that the announcement was a massive shock to countless in the metro Phoenix music scene who have been both patrons and performers at the Alley -- which has hosted literally thousands of bands for the past quarter-century -- particularly since plans were afoot for a three-day party next month celebrating the occasion.
Even some of the longtime staff members were caught off guard by the announcement of the closure of the iconic venue, which was the longest-running rock bar in the Valley.
Announcements were made by on both Hollywood Alley's main Facebook site and -- ironically enough -- the event page for the 25th anniversary event, which has been moved up to next weekend. The latter message was short and to the point.
Apologies, everyone. We are closing July 31st. We will have to celebrate the 25th Anniversary sometime before we close. Any bands scheduled to play this party can contact Will at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss performing the last weekend in July. We might have a few slots open.
According to longtime Hollywood Alley employee Will Tynor, the decision by co-owners Ross Wincek and his grandmother Rachel Hrutkay to close related to the venue's bottom line and was made earlier this week after meeting with their accountant and others involved behind the scenes. (Tynor and the rest of the staff were informed of the news today.)