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Gross Out: Drunk Flies at Coach & Willie's

By Amy Silverman

A late September inspection at Coach & Willie's -- a bar/restaurant not far from the ballpark in downtown Phoenix -- revealed a litany of concerns.

The report is pretty straightforward: The cooled chicken wings weren't cool enough; the bar sink was out of paper towels; the sweet onions on the dry storage were "severely blighted" and the caesar salad dressing had expired. A ceiling light in the kitchen was burned out; and there was "severe food and soil buildup underneath equipment in kitchen".

Oh, and flies in the kitchen. Yuck.

But get this: There were also FLIES IN SEVERAL LIQUOR BOTTLES.


I am dying to know how the flies got into that particular ointment! But not enough to belly up to the bar at Coach & Willie's.

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Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at