In what can now be pretty much be deemed "2013: The Year of the Landlord," another Valley restaurant has been shuttered by a building owner -- this time, it seems, much to the surprise of the staff.
On Saturday, September 28, Carefree Station, the nine-year-old Southwestern restaurant located in Carefree's Spanish Village, posted this message to its Facebook page:
"To all of our wonderful guests:
Due to some unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, we have closed for the weekend. We hope by Monday to have some clarity as to when we will reopen. We're very sorry for any inconvenience this has caused anyone. We will continue to keep you posted.
Thank you so much for your understanding."
On Tuesday, a second message appeared:
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"Thank you to everyone who has been checking in with us over the past few days! Unfortunately, we are still closed, and we don't have any resolution yet to the issue we have been dealing with. We appreciate everyone's patience and support. The outpouring from the community has been heartwarming! We'll continue to keep you posted as we have more news."
A representative for Carefree Station tells me the reason for Carefree Station's "sudden closure" is a dispute with the building's landlord. Although the representative would not go into the details of that dispute, she stated that the owners are currently "trying to deal with that situation so they can come to some resolution."
The landlord issue with Carefree Station follows two other notable stories regarding restaurants and building owners: In June, the 17-year-old Coup Des Tartes in Phoenix was kicked out of its home to make way for a used car parking lot. And in September, Karl's Quality Bakery, also in Phoenix, left its home of over 20 years after losing a dispute with its landlord.