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Monti's La Casa Vieja Closing
Tempe's iconic Monti's La Casa Vieja, the oldest restaurant in the city and which is housed in the historic Hayden House on Mill Avenue, will close on Nov. 17 after nearly 60 years in business, restaurant owner Michael Monti confirmed Monday.
The Republic reported that the new owner of the property plans to develop two high-rise towers on the site, raising speculation about the future of the downtown restaurant that has been the gathering place for countless groups through the years and known Valley-wide for its steak, Roman bread and historic memorabilia.
"In this case, the primary factor really is cost of beef and cost of doing business," Monti said of the decision to close.
Monti's father, Leonard, bought the Hayden House in 1954 and opened Las Casa Vieja in 1956. The Hayden House, believed to be built in the 1870s, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
The house, where Arizona politician Carl Hayden was born in 1877, will be preserved and be part of the $200 million office and hotel project on the southwestern corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway.
Monti said that the closing is bittersweet but that he has faith in the proposed project, along with the developers, which aim to keep the historical significance of the Hayden House intact.
Vintage Video Game Arcade Unveiled in the East Valley! Get your left hand on the joystick and your right hand on the hyperspace drive, vintage video game enthusiasts, Michael Lovato and Steve Thomas, are set to unveil their "StarFighters Arcade" in the East Valley, with a free soft opening scheduled for November 1st.
4811 E. Julep Street, Suite #124, Mesa
Christmas For Troops
Now through November 20th, the City of Peoria is collecting necessities and gifts for their Christmas for the Troops program. We go live from a Peoria Fire station, all of which are drop sites, where they're looking for items such as shampoo, toilet paper and tooth paste.
Peoria Fire Station-191
8065 W. Peoria Ave.
Tour de Coops
You've heard of home tours, but this is the most unusual home tour you'll ever experience. Called the Tour de Coops, this Saturday, the Valley's most unique and funky backyard chicken coops will open to the public. Enjoy a self-guided tour of 22 homes with backyard chicken coops in the Valley, either by car or bicycle. Some of the these coops are pretty cool and lend itself to the strategies for desert-sustainable living.
Tour de Coops
Saturday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets: $20 in advance, $30 day of. Children under 10 are free. Youth tickets (11-15 years): $10
6634 East Aster Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
AAWL's Walk to Save Animals
Walk to Save Animals, a family- and dog-friendly event to benefit the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA, the state's oldest and largest no-kill shelter. The event includes 2K & 5K pet walks and a PetFest featuring dog agility demonstrations, training advice, pet photos with Santa, adoptable dogs, and up-close interactions with exotic pet ambassadors from the AAWL & SPCA Education Department.
Raise or donate a minimum of $30 to participate in the walk. Individuals and organizations can form walk teams and raise money through pledges.
Admission to the PetFest is free.
Sat., Nov. 8, 2014, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Tempe Beach Park at Tempe Town Lake