For those unfamiliar with the structure, the building first opened in 1947 as a Studebaker dealership called Stewart Motor Company. As we reported in 2016, it housed the music shop Circles from 1972 to 2010. It’s been empty ever since.
We went on a hardhat tour of the new space with general manager Mariam Elgawhry. She says Snooze wanted to open its newest location in the Circles Records Building because it is an iconic part of downtown Phoenix. And what’s more, “with all the development, art and culture are really what downtown Phoenix thrives off of,” she says. “So, to be part of that movement is something that Snooze craves and loves.”
And this particular Snooze will have a few features not found at other Arizona locations, including the mezzanine and upstairs seating, and of course, proximity to the Valley Metro Rail. However, the spot will be keeping some features of the original suite, including the rounded front window, some original brickwork, and the dangling vinyl record display which some may remember from the record store days.
Elgawhry is also predicting an awesome first day. “We expect to have a full house,” she says. “Everyone’s pumped and ready to be open.”
Originating in Denver in 2006, Snooze has additional locations in California, Texas, and North Carolina. For more information, see the Snooze an A.M. Eatery website.