“”Tempe”” – Google News
2021 10 04
Both bars maintain locations in nearby Old Town Scottsdale; Whiskey Row also has a location in Gilbert. Both also have locations outside of Arizona that remain open.
In addition to closing the Tempe location, La Bocca also shuttered its High Street location of the popular pizzeria in northeast Phoenix. A third location in Chandler previously closed in 2018, meaning La Bocca no longer has any restaurants in Arizona.
Not every closure can be blamed on the pandemic. Rula Bula’s owner, who had run the custom-built Irish pub on Mill Avenue for close to 20 years, said a landlord dispute pushed him off the street.
In 2019, Wexler Developments, a Canadian-based real estate development and management company, bought Rula Bula’s building, along with a few other buildings on Mill, including Centerpoint on Mill, which previously housed Whiskey Row and El Hefe.
Rula Bula owner Steve Goumas previously told the Independent when Wexler bought the building, it lined up with the end of the pub’s lease and the new landlord informed him that Rula Bula’s space had been leased out. Goumas said the landlord was charging above market value for the space. Goumas last said he would be searching for a new location for his iconic Irish pub, but there have been no updates since Rula Bula closed its doors on Mill for good this summer.
Goumas did not immediately respond to a request for comment and neither did Wexler Developments.