Mr. Fortunate’s, the previous Grand Avenue nightclub, venue, and nation music joint is at the moment up on the market, in line with the true property web site LoopNet.
The 20,865-square-foot property at Grand close to 37th Avenue was listed on the site in late December. No asking value is famous, however the land is valued at $489,700.
Mr. Fortunate’s hasn’t operated as a nightclub or occasions venue because the late 2000s. It’s hosted just a few totally different companies during the last decade or so, together with a furnishings retailer and restaurant, however has largely remained vacant. Per Maricopa County information, California businessman Minassian Vahak has owned the property since 2005.
Considered one of Mr. Fortunate’s most well-known features is its towering neon signal, which depicts a jester-like harlequin and is adorned with a big marquee that used to promote the assorted performers that will gig on the membership.
Designed by the late Glen Guyette, an artist who created indicators for a number of different defunct native companies like Invoice Johnson’s Large Apple and My Florist Cafe, it’s a novel throwback to a different period in Phoenix historical past.
Each Mr. Fortunate’s and that signal have seen higher days. (LoopNet estimates that enhancements to the property are in extra of $500,000.)
“I observed just lately somebody has taken the big cube that had been hanging off the signal, and its marquee and paint are a large number,” says native historian Marshall Shore, who additionally heads up the Arizona Classic Signal Coalition. “So little by little, it has been cannibalized and gotten worse and worse. It is an actual disgrace because the signal is a Valley treasure and the membership has such a historical past and legacy.”
Mr. Fortunate’s was opened by native restaurateur Bob Sikora within the mid-1960s. Initially designed as a on line casino (again when Arizona was flirting with the concept of legalizing playing), it turned a nightclub that hosted performances in its ground-level foremost room and massive basement area.
Over the subsequent 4 a long time, Mr. Fortunate’s drew a rustic crowd. Waylon Jennings rose to fame on the venue, and superstars like Glen Campbell, Wanda Jackson, Charley Satisfaction, and Marty Robbins gigged there on the common. (Jackson’s 1969 album In Particular person Stay At Mr. Fortunate’s In Phoenix Arizona was recorded on the membership and features a picture of her in entrance of its signal.)
In 2015, the property remodeled its foremost room into a furniture store and briefly turned a restaurant known as Mr. Lucky’s Grubhouse a few years later. Each companies finally went underneath, and the constructing has been vacant ever since. The property has additionally been up on the market a number of instances in recent times, however nobody has bought it.
Shore says that whereas opening a enterprise on the property won’t be cost-effective, given the estimated bills concerned with restore and renovation, he thinks the signal may very well be salvaged and presumably moved to a different Valley location.
“It’s simply too large of a chunk of native historical past to have it go to waste,” he says. “It will be superb if somebody might give you the cash to reserve it.”
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