Tom's Tavern in downtown Phoenix closes its doors

PHOENIX - After 87 years, Tom's Tavern announced Friday it would close its doors at the end of the day.

"After careful consideration, Tom's Tavern was forced to close on May 5," the restaurant said in a prepared statement released through its public relations agency.

Owner Jim Gallen said he was disappointed with the closure and thanked those who ate there over the years, according to the statement. The statement did not specify what led to the closure.

"Tom's Tavern has a rich history in Phoenix, and has enjoyed serving many of our city's finest," the statement read.

On May 8, Tom's Tavern posted the following message from its Facebook page.


The restaurant opened in 1929 and had "all kinds of Arizona big shots. [sic] 21 Governors, 25 Mayors and hundreds of city council members" eat there over the years, according to its website.

It changed owners over the years. Gallen most recently purchased Tom's 16 months ago from the Bidwill family, the owners of the Arizona Cardinals, his agency confirmed.

It was located on the corner of First Avenue and Washington Street within the Renaissance Square building.

No plans have been made for the restaurant space, the statement said.

Editor's note (May 10): This story was updated to include a Facebook post from Tom's Tavern.

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