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Old 11-03-2014, 07:01 PM
 
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Well, it looks like Monti's La Casa Vieja will be closing on November 17th. Monti's has been in operation for 60 years and is the oldest restaurant in Tempe. There are plans to construct a high rise above the original building and another high rise nearby next year, but many were hoping that Monti's would continue operating. The owner is citing growing operating costs.

Unfortunately, I only see plans for the high rises falling through like many other developments in the Valley. I am afraid that after Monti's shutters the building will just collect graffiti and fall into disrepair. I hope I'm wrong, but one only has to look at the vacant Chili's on the SE corner of University and Mill to see another example.

Thoughts? Is anyone sad to see this restaurant go? Do you believe the hotel/office complex will be constructed as scheduled?
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:04 PM
 
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Well, it looks like Monti's La Casa Vieja will be closing on November 17th. Monti's has been in operation for 60 years and is the oldest restaurant in Tempe. There are plans to construct a high rise above the original building and another high rise nearby next year, but many were hoping that Monti's would continue operating. The owner is citing growing operating costs.

Unfortunately, I only see plans for the high rises falling through like many other developments in the Valley. I am afraid that after Monti's shutters the building will just collect graffiti and fall into disrepair. I hope I'm wrong, but one only has to look at the vacant Chili's on the SE corner of University and Mill to see another example.

Thoughts? Is anyone sad to see this restaurant go? Do you believe the hotel/office complex will be constructed as scheduled?
Yes, because it's Tempe. Things get done in Tempe. Right now, Tempe is the hottest place in the Valley. It will be built.
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:31 PM
 
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Yeah I don't doubt that the high rises will happen. And I don't see the Monti building falling into despair, it'll be incorporated into the project. BTW they are not building a high rise above it, but next to it.



?Exclusive: Tempe Monti's to be joined by $200M mixed use tower - Phoenix Business Journal
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:43 PM
 
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Yeah I don't doubt that the high rises will happen. And I don't see the Monti building falling into despair, it'll be incorporated into the project. BTW they are not building a high rise above it, but next to it.



?Exclusive: Tempe Monti's to be joined by $200M mixed use tower - Phoenix Business Journal
My mistake.
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:44 PM
 
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Yes, because it's Tempe. Things get done in Tempe. Right now, Tempe is the hottest place in the Valley. It will be built.
Hopefully you're right. USA Basketball is supposed to move to Tempe and has yet to see any movement of dirt.
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:46 PM
 
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The Chili's site is supposed to start soon. There's various other high rises under construction in Tempe and I believe Kimpton Hotels is already signed on the Montis site. Michael Monti got a $15mm payday, good for him.
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:59 PM
 
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Man, a bunch of valley landmarks are closing.
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Old 11-03-2014, 08:02 PM
 
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Tempe is becoming Phoenix' long longed for downtown.
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Old 11-03-2014, 08:13 PM
 
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Tempe is becoming Phoenix' long longed for downtown.
It really is, blows Downtown Phoenix out of the water. College Ave is turning into a mini mill ave, Postino just opened and its great. Town Lake, Apache Blvd are also developing nicely with Apache having a lot of the 5-6 story transit oriented housing. Even a new high density old folks development on University to create a more diverse population. Its nice seeing the changes, just not so nice trying to get in and out for football games with State Farm building 17 stories on the parking lot
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Old 11-03-2014, 08:28 PM
 
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Always wanted to eat there, looks like I never will. I thought I heard somewhere that the restaurant is the old Mill owner's residence.
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