Toby Keith's at Tucson Mall closes

2014-03-08T12:11:00Z 2014-03-10T16:22:27Z Toby Keith's at Tucson Mall closesCathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 08, 2014 12:11 pm  • 

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill at the Tucson Mall closed Friday night.

A sign posted on the window suggests the business was booted by the mall. Mall officials could not be reached to comment today.

The notice, posted today by mall owner General Growth Properties, said the landlord had "retaken possession of these premises as a direct result of your breach of the contract for rental." It went on to say that the landlord also seized the contents of the building with the intention that they would be sold within 60 days if the the owners of Toby Keith's, Scottsdale-based Boomtown Entertainment LLC., could not make good on unpaid rent.

Boomtown officials could not be reached for comment today.

Toby Keith's was open for business Friday night. Employees were given no warning that it would be the last night, former manager C.J. Urban said on a Facebook posting this morning.

"My heart goes out to the staff who lost their jobs overnight. I feel so bad for them and I promise I did not know this was coming," Urban posted on Facebook.

Toby Keith's opened on New Year's Eve 2012, months later than Boomtown officials had projected when they announced in summer 2012 that they would move into the 20,000-square-foot space across from the Cheesecake Factory in Tucson Mall. They had anticipated opening in October 2012.

At the time Boomtown CEO Frank Capri said Tucson was ""a great market for us. We love the town, love the people. We're going to be there for a long time."

The restaurant/bar is not owned nor affiliated with its namesake country singer, who was at the Tucson restaurant's grand opening last April. Toby Keith slipped into Tucson to meet with fans and perform couple songs before he headlined Country Thunder in Florence.

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