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Hatter and Hare, the Alice in Wonderland-inspired bar in Phoenix, has closed

Hatter and Hare Phoenix closed
Posted at 1:59 PM, Jun 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-12 17:13:04-04

PHOENIX — The Mad Hatter has left the tea party.

Hatter and Hare, the whimsical Alice in Wonderland-inspired cocktail bar off 7th Street in Phoenix, has closed after less than a year, according to two notices posted to the doors of the building.

The concept's website and Facebook page were also inactive as of Wednesday, and the business's phone number was disconnected.

A "Notice of Business Closure" from the Maricopa County Environmental Services Department, dated June 11, 2019, was posted to the main entrance of the bar. A "default notice," dated May 6, 2019, from the landlord, was posted to the back entrance.

According to the default notice, Glass Half Full Hospitality, the group behind the Hatter and Hare concept, told the landlord in an email on April 30, 2019 that it "no longer [had] the financial capacity to continue operations."

It is not clear, however, when the restaurant actually closed its doors, or if there are future plans for the space.

ABC15 reached out to Glass Half Full Hospitality for comment, but did not immediately hear back.

The cocktail bar opened in July 2018 in the former "Joe's Midnight Run" building on 7th Street, north of Bethany Home Road. The interior was filled with brightly colored chairs and couches, and objects reminiscent of the movies, including a backward clock, playing cards suspended from the ceiling, and a pink cake-shaped couch on the patio.

The menu featured group-sized cocktails served in massive cups and full tea sets. It also offered heart-shaped sandwiches and appetizers.

Glass Half Full Hospitality is also behind Camp Social, the camping-themed restaurant and bar located next door to Hatter and Hare, and Old Town Gringos in Scottsdale. Camp Social remained open on Wednesday, though a notice posted on the door said it would be "bar only" until 3 p.m.

A second location of Camp Social was announced to open at Overstreet, the 72,000-square-foot development in downtown Chandler, but those plans have fallen through, a spokesperson for developer LGE Design confirmed to ABC15.

Overstreet is anchored by Flix Brewhouse, a microbrewery and dine-in movie theater.