So long Sugar Daddy's, and thanks for all the drinks.
In case you hadn't heard (which isn't surprising given the three-day weekend and all), word broke late last week that the Scottsdale bar/restaurant has closed after seven years of slinging brews and booze. The gates are locked, the phone's been disconected, and it's managers aren't returning our calls.
The fiery-looking establishment (which had kind of a demons-and-brimstone-meets-New Orleans theme) reportedly flamed out due to the usual downturn in business that's been killing off other bars as of late. It originally debuted in 2002 as a part of the local Dos Gringos chain of themed bars/eateries and went from being one of Snottsdale's hottest nightime destinations to a looking like a virtual ghost town.
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Even before the closure, however, there were signs that things were getting sour at Sugar Daddy's, like when Power 98.3 FM moved its popular weekly wingdings Sexy Saturdays and Sucka-Free Sundays from the club earlier this year.
But besides wrestling with hip-hop promoters and combating the economic malaise, the establishment's proprietors have also been involved in a protracted court battle with local mystery novelist Sylvia Nobel. As staff writer Sarah Fenske detailed in her November cover story, local attorney Mark Briggs allegedly fleeced the author out of $582,000 to purchase Sugar Daddy's from the Dos Gringos chain in 2007.
It's not the only legal entanglement the club's been involved with, as numerous stabbings occurred there in the last few years. Troubled boxer Mike Tyson also got busted for DUI and cocaine possession by Scottsdale P.D. after leaving the club in 2006.
Somehow, we're willing to bet that the city's fathers won't be shedding any tears over the loss of Sugar Daddy's.