Jamie Monistat VII is still in mourning over the recent loss of Hollywood Alley--so much so that the restaurateur and Blanche Davidian vocalist claims that he gets "bummed out at least 15 times an hour" about the closure of the Mesa bar earlier this month, as it was a favorite longtime haunt. And if you've read this week's New Times cover story on its 25-year history, it's clear he's not the only one.
"It's been upsetting to a lot of people because the Alley meant so much," Monistat says. "It was a headquarters for our band and a lot of other bands too."
That said, Monistat doesn't consider the three-day Tribute to Hollywood Alley this weekend at his Scottsdale restaurant and bar Chop and Wok will some morose funeral for the now-defunct venue. More like a rock-fueled blowout in the blithe spirit of a typical Alley gig and featuring a slew of musicians and bands who frequented its stage.