Stray Cat Bar & Grill in Tempe Closes

Another Tempe music venue has gone down for the count as Stray Cat Bar & Grill -- a venue for numerous local rock, punk, and hip-hop shows over the past decade -- quietly closed over the weekend.

The announcement of the bar's closing came as a surprise to some patrons. An update to the bar's Facebook page on Sunday morning stated that it would close later that night after "one last hurrah." The cause of the shuttering was not stated, though we're willing to guess it was related to money.

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