Daily Archives: September 25, 2008

The Brickhouse in downtown Phoenix closes its doors

[Source: Larry Rodgers, Arizona Republic] — The Brickhouse, a popular venue for modern rock and hip-hop in downtown Phoenix, has shut its doors.  A legal notice posted in the venue’s box-office window says the property has been taken over by the landlord, 1 E. Jackson LLC, for non-payment of rent covering June through September of this year.  “It’s unfortunate because we like having these venues going on downtown,” said Brad Yonover of 1 E. Jackson LLC.  He added that the company, named after the property’s address, is in the process of lining up “a very good replacement that’s going to be within the same (entertainment) arena.”

No mention of the closure is made on two Internet sites tied to the Brickhouse: http://www.brickhouse.tv and http://www.myspace.com/thebrickhousetheater.  The venue’s phone number is no longer in service.  The Brickhouse has hosted such acts as DJ Z-Trip, punk’s the Melvins, modern rock’s Eisley, and the Green Day side project, Foxboro Hot Tubs.  A restaurant, the Chop Shop, also had operated on the property.  Those holding tickets for events scheduled at the Brickhouse should check at the point of purchase regarding refunds or new show locations.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Extended hours sought for Phoenix light rail

[Source: Mike Branom, East Valley Tribune] — When discussing with others the advent of light rail in the Valley, more than once I heard in its favor, “Now I can go drink at Diamondbacks games.”  (Seven bucks for a large draft beer?  Go nuts.)  But Mesa resident Ron Hahn points out a problem with the concept of Metro as designated driver: While bars close at 2 a.m., light rail will stop running two hours before.  “It just doesn’t make sense,” Hahn said.

Thinking about it, Hahn has a point.  All this time, we’ve heard from boosters about how light rail will get cars off the roads during the morning and evening commutes.  But what about the cars heading home from the bars?  Don’t we want them off the streets, too?  “We spend all this money on DUI roadblocks and enforcement,” Hahn said.  “And then when there’s a solution in front of us, they don’t want to do it.”  Metro, after beginning service in December, plans to operate more than 19 hours a day, from 4:40 a.m. until midnight.  Hahn, who voted for the project back in 2000, had hoped it would run 24/7.  

Hahn isn’t alone in the hope of extended hours, at least on the weekends.  A Phoenix organization called the Downtown Voices Coalition recently appealed to the City Council for extended hours.  Among the reasons were the transportation needs of bar and restaurant workers, and how late-night activity is “the measure of a city’s vitality and growth.”  I put a call into Metro on Friday afternoon but never heard back.  When they respond, you’ll hear about it.

Downtown Phoenix’s Omega condo goes skyward (virtually for now)