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Closed for Business: American Junkie in Scottsdale

So much for American Junkie 2.0. The Scottsdale nightlife hangout and day-drinking hangout for football fans, which shut down for several weeks over the summer for extensive renovations, has apparently closed again. And there's been no indication if it will be reopening anytime soon.

For the last several weekends, American Junkie, which is located along 75th Street on the eastern edge of Scottsdale's entertainment district, has been completely dark on weekend nights and other periods when most other Scottsdale bars and clubs are doing brisk business, including nearby spots like Boondocks and The Lodge.

Naturally, we tried hitting up American Junkie's Facebook page for an explanation as to why its been closed, only to discover that its been either suspended or deleted. Its Twitter account is still online, however, but hasn't been updated since September 28. Calls to the bar also go straight to a voice mailbox that's currently full.

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A former American Junkie employee who wished to remain anonymous told New Times that it closed at the end of the September but couldn't provide an explanation for the shuttering.

As we reported back in August, American Junkie closed for about a month and got its interior and exterior rebooted with an entirely new look after five years of slinging drinks and dance music to the Scottsdale masses. It first opened back in 2008 and reportedly was sold to new owners earlier this year.

Junkie 2.0 debuted its new décor by the end of August, reopening just in time for the football season, which is big business for many bars in Scottsdale and across the Valley. Everything appeared to be going well in American Junkie-land when we rolled through for the soft re-opening, and -- as far as we could tell -- the crowds were coming back.

We attempted to contact Meal Ticket, the Tempe-based company that currently owns American Junkie (as well as the soon-to-open Blasted Barley along Mill Avenue) for more information on the matter, but haven't heard back as of this writing.

Stay tuned for any further details, American Junkie fans.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.