No Anchovies, the popular Main Gate Square pizza and sports bar, could be opening a second location in the old Cactus Moon as part of a project that includes a country music night club.
But the project, being spearheaded by veteran night club operator and developer Kirby Bond, hinges on getting a liquor license. The license application is expected to go before the Tucson City Council on Feb. 12 where it could be met with some opposition because of Bond’s past ties with the troubled Marana night club New West and Gotham.
“I have heard concerns from the neighborhoods around there because the guy does have a track record,” said Ward 6 Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik. “The New West was shut down several years ago because of some shootings and gang activity that caused (Bond) to lose his license for five years. That’s some serious stuff.”
Bond held the liquor license for New West and Gotham, a cavernous club that his family opened as the Wild Wild West in 1993. The club at 4385 W. Ina Road was half country bar, half rap and rock club.
Bond and his partners closed the club in early 2002 after a string of violent incidents that included a deadly fight following a rap show in summer 2001. Bonds said he was not managing the club at the time of the incidents, but agreed to close the club and forefelt his Arizona liquor license so that the building’s owners could open Bedroxx Bowling in the building.
Bond said his plans for the 12,000-square-foot Cactus Moon spot at 5470 E. Broadway include devoting two-thirds of the space to a country-themed night club that will open three nights a week and the remaining space to the restaurant, which will be open daily.
No Anchovies manager Jason Whitlock confirmed the restaurant is in talks about opening a second location. But he said “nothing is set in stone” at this point.
Kozachik met with neighbors and Bond earlier this week to discuss the plans. One young resident spoke about crime concerns with the bar, but no one else outwardly opposed the plan, Kozachik said.
If the license is approved, Bond said he hopes to open in August.
See the full story in Saturday's Arizona Daily Star.