Bomberos Closing Its Doors This Sunday

I'm so sad for Sunnyslope. One of the hippest hangouts in the neighborhood -- one that really upped the area's cool quotient -- is counting down the hours until it goes dark.

It looks like Bomberos Cafe & Wine Bar really is going to close its doors for good, after failing to agree with the landlord on the terms of a lease renewal. There's been talk of the closure for awhile, and now an employee tells me that this coming Sunday is the last day in business.

There's live music in the works as a farewell: a Brazilian band from 1 to 4 p.m., and a DJ from 4 to 10 p.m. Why wait until then? Today's just as good a day as any to head over for a glass of vino and get one last chance to enjoy that stunning patio.

Owners Kristi and Oscar Mastrantuono are looking for a new space to move into, and I hope they don't limit themselves to vacant old fire houses (the current location used to be a fire house, and the name Bomberos means "firemen" in Spanish). 

What the heck -- the original Postino opened in a former post office, but later launched a second spot in a revamped deli without anyone so much as scratching their heads over the name. 

Any neighborhood would be lucky to have a groovy little biz like this, with friendly proprietors, great nibbles, and luscious South American wines. Not familiar with Bomberos? You missed out, then, buddy -- and hey, we really did try to get the word out on this place. Read our profile of Oscar Mastrantuono from the 2008 Best of Phoenix.