This is a make up article for this:
As "shitty" as it was and as "shitty" as some of us locals are.. it's not about actually being "shitty." It was about embracing what we still had (after everything else starting shutting down - ie. Skrappy's), even if it wasn't perfect, like the Grill. So when Tucson had the highest poverty rate a few years back, and downtown appeared to be a ghost town, we STILL had pride in our town and the little "shitty" gems that were left for us to hold on to. I met lifelong friends at the Grill, I played my first show with Dream Sick there, I drank my first underage beer there... The memories go on and on...
The bottom line is, two years after closing, we are STILL talking about the Grill. AND TO GET REALLY REAL ABOUT IT - THREE of downtown's best restaurants are currently managed by former Grill employees: Wilko, Penca, and of course, the Cup Cafe. That's just what I know off the top of my head, but I wouldn't be surprised if there were more Grill veterans running the show around Tucson. Sure, the employees weren't always pleasant, the toilets were rarely clean... BUT would you be peppy about serving drunk assholes at 3am? The place bred soldiers. There will never be another place like the Grill unless one of you decide to open it up... Probably not going to happen so just be happy you got to experience it and live on the legacy.
I love to look on the bright side and in this case, good things did happen when the Grill closed down... La Cocina took on a lot of those shows and established itself as a new "shitty" approved hot spot, a lot of you were able to steal Grill items that you will cherish forever along with the memories, and frankly, the place burnt to the fuckin' ground which is cool no matter what you say. Nothing will ever fill the Grills void - if they want to put something there, they are gonna have to start from the ground up - kind of bad ass if you ask me.
Tucson is a city on the rise, you can either embrace it or hate it, that is up to you. I personally am all for embracing it because I want to keep it cool or "shitty" - however you want to phrase it. It's up to people like us to set the standard for the new crowd... Whether it's the kids who will be living off daddy's money in the new high rise next to Rialto, or the new try-hards who are coming here because we are all of a sudden "hipster approved"... WHO CARES? Let's just keep doin' what we're doin' and make sure Tucson doesn't lose it's true identity with all the Gio Tacos, World of Beers, hotels, bars... whatever. We still run this big hot bitch. Tucson Summer Fun Club.
P.S. Who is David Mendez anyways???
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