Matthew Davidson 
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Re: “GRILL 1994-2011

I'm a little sad I wasn't contacted for this. Oh well, Grill was a great place, not without its shortcomings however there was nothing downtown worth going to before James and Julia opened this place.
It was dirty and the majority of the waitstaff had terrible attitudes myself included.
Get over it, you still came in for damn tots and milkshakes only to complain later. Where else would you have gone?
At least you had a full belly and lived on the edge for a minute.
When you couldn't smoke anywhere else you could there right?
The music was fun right?
And food was usually pretty good. Hey you can't staff a twenty four place with James Beard award winners in Tucson Arizona.
Mostly it was a refuge for all the great people in Tucson.
We had our share of college kids after the bar and drunken yahoos but the folks that came back again and again made it special.
Shit on it all you want but it was a great place where I made a lot friends and enemies but I loved all the same.
And as far as the history goes, this was a running restaurant from 1916 or something on.
It got renovated a few times in there but it was due for some major work when I started there a long time ago. I met "Gus" Valtaris a few times the guy was great. James Graham has great stories about him.Also the Rallis family that owned it for a time. Little bits of Tucson history that slip away. Gus raised a family with that restaurant, Patrick Forsythe raised a family with that restaurant. There's something to be said about small business owners, Waffle House is great but there's no family involved in that unless you count Bert and his famous chili. Anyway I've been drinking and should stop now.
I still fondly think of my Grill days and sometimes even miss them.
Thank you David Mendez for not calling and I hope you stub your toe.
Matt Davidson

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Posted by Matthew Davidson on 08/08/2014 at 12:47 AM

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