The Mason Jar Building is For Sale
Got more than half million in the bank and a burning desire to resurrect a piece of local rock history from the dead? If so, then give Franco Gagliano a ring ASAP, since the building he owns that once housed famed Phoenix rock joint The Mason Jar is up for sale.
Benjamin Leatherman Want to buy the old Mason Jar (movie posters and all)?
And the asking price is only a mere $650,000.
According to a posting on Craigslist from earlier this week, the Central Phoenix dive perched along Indian School Road (which was the home of The Mason Jar from 1979 to 2004 before becoming a couple of different gay bars) is currently available and on the market.
The 3,060 square-foot building has been vacant for about a month now since its most recent tenant, a BDSM/leather daddy type of place called The Anvil, moved to a new location off of 24th Street and Thomas Road in May.
The Craigslist post plays up the bar's notorious and lengthy history as The Mason Jar, which is quite storied and significant, considering the cramped joint hosted thousands of local bands and an epic variety of infamous cock rockers like Warrant, Cinderella, or Poison, as well as soon-to-be-famous rock icons of the '80s and '90s like Nirvana, Tool, Pearl Jam, The Ramones, Cannibal Corpse, and Joan Jett.
Gagliano, who has owned the property since the late '70s, participated a one-night only Mason Jar revival of sorts at the bar last fall that got a significant amount of attention. But if you're someone who's down to resurrect it on a more permanent basis, and have the cash, you'd not only get the building itself, but also The Mason Jar name, a slew of memorabilia, and even a bunch of sound equipment (two mixing boards, JBL speakers; and a Crown power amp).
witchtheband.com The Mason Jar back in the day.
The liquor license for the property, however, might not be included in the deal, since we've heard rumors that the proprietors of The Anvil took it with them. (According to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control, it's currently listed as inactive.)
"The owner has had a lot of request to bring back The Mason Jar!" the post states. "This might be a good opportunity for someone wanting to open a bar."
Or someone interested in reviving a bit of rock 'n' roll history.
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