Andres Santa Cruz, left, digs into a pizza during his 11th birthday party at Monkey Business Eatertainment in December 2012. The kid-friendly pizza-and-arcade restaurant closed on Sunday just shy of five years in business.

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Monkey Business Eatertainment, the Marana pizza and arcade restaurant that quickly became a kids' party destination soon after it opened in spring 2009, closed on Sunday.

Mother and son owners Jay and David McGuire pulled the plug on their lifelong dream at the end of the night Sunday, two months shy of their fifth anniversary.

On Tuesday, David McGuire was meeting with a Realtor to have the 12,000-square-foot restaurant listed for sale. He said he and his mother had decided they were done struggling to make ends meet.

It took the McGuires four years to build the restaurant after buying land at 8581 N. Silverbell Road in 2005. Months and $700,000 after breaking ground in early 2007, the contractor walked off the job, leaving the pair out of their money and forced to take out more loans to complete the project. In the end, they ended up investing nearly twice the $2 million they thought they would initially spend to build Monkey Business.

See the full story in Wednesday's Star.