Speakeasy Saloon and Grill opens with help from family, friends - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Money

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Speakeasy Saloon and Grill opens with help from family, friends

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Related Stories

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 4:49 pm

While the recently opened Speakeasy Saloon and Grill may be a great place to get a fresh steak or enjoy a live country band, owner Jon Harris said to him it'��s all about family.

Harris, an Ahwatukee Foothills resident, spent months completely renovating the building with his father, Doug, mother, Sally, and wife, Judy, at his side. The family built a stage, dance floor, "Gone with the Wind"-style staircase that leads to a mezzanine and even an outdoor patio onto the building located at 7450 W. Chandler Blvd.

"When my wife and I saw this building we thought this is what it was screaming to be,"�� Harris said.

He grew up on a cattle ranch in Baker City, Oregon, with a father who was a general contractor and built stadiums across the U.S. Harris got into music at a young age and spent years as a musician, but one day he had a vision of owning his own bar and grill with fine food and live music, just like a restaurant his parents used to enjoy when he was growing up. When he married his wife Judy, who has a background in the restaurant industry, they decided to make it happen.

For six months they had friends and family helping paint, scrape away old tile, and completely rebuild the inside of their new restaurant. Looking back, Harris said it'��s a huge relief to have it finished but he misses working so hard with so many loved ones.

"When you do it yourself, actually do it yourself, and you have the blessing of having your father right next to you, it'��s amazing," he said.

Harris said food, like music, is best when kept simple. At Speakeasy they use the best cuts of meat for their steaks and recipes that go back years. Their goal is to create a space where people can come for good, fresh food at a reasonable price, and then stick around for music and dancing.

Speakeasy is open Monday through Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. with live country music Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays starting at 9 p.m. and going until 2 a.m. They plan to also offer Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For reservations, call (480) 940-5349 or visit www.speakeasysaloonandgrill.com.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

More about

More about

  • Discuss

WSU students balk at paying higher fees to balance athletic department budget

Washington State University’s new president has introduced a plan to balance the budget of the school’s insolvent athletics department. But a …

Published: September 25, 2016 - 5:44 am @ http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/sep/23/wsu-s…

DPS, Tempe PD investigating attempted carjacking near Southern and the Loop 101

TEMPE, AZ - The Arizona Department of Public Safety says they’re investigating an assault and an attempted carjacking with several suspects ne…

Published: September 25, 2016 - 5:42 am @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-southeast-valley/…

Police: Person walks into Phoenix Fire Department after being shot

PHOENIX - Police are investigating after a person walked into the Phoenix Fire Department with a gunshot wound. Police were called to the fire…

Published: September 25, 2016 - 4:46 am @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/cen…

Obama's Pen and Phone Have Saddled Taxpayers with 25 Regs that Cost $348.7 BILLION

Obama has wreaked havoc on the economy.   This report highlights 25 regulatory actions that have cost American taxpayers $350 BILLION dollars.…

Published: September 25, 2016 - 4:14 am @ http://minutemennews.com/26411-2/

The banning of books in prisons: 'It's like living in the dark ages'

Dan Slater’s new non-fiction book Wolf Boys recounts the story of two Mexican-American teens in Texas seduced by the violent cartels across th…

Published: September 25, 2016 - 4:16 am @ https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/25/the-…

North Carolina and Maryland challenge gerrymandering

By Sam Weber and Laura Fong The vast majority of votes cast for the United States House of Representatives this fall will be in races where th…

Published: September 25, 2016 - 12:42 am @ http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/north-carolina-mary…

Americans say: TPP who?

With help from Doug Palmer and Megan Cassella AMERICANS SAY: TPP WHO? There could be a sliver of hope for the languishing TPP deal after all, …

Published: September 25, 2016 - 12:12 am @ http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-trade/20…

How Racial Disparity Does Not Help Make Sense of Patterns of Police Violence

I want simply to draw attention to how insistence on reducing discussion of killings of civilians by police to a matter of racism clouds under…

Published: September 24, 2016 - 9:38 pm @ http://portside.org/2016-09-24/how-racial-disparit…

Neighbors say former Phoenix golf course attracting more and more homeless people

PHOENIX - Neighbors say an abandoned golf course is becoming prime real estate for homeless people in Phoenix. They say the area near 19th Ave…

Published: September 24, 2016 - 5:40 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/cen…

Where did the chimichanga, the glorious deep-fried burrito, come from anyway?

Recently, UNESCO designated Tucson as  a “capital of gastronomy,” naturally inspiring articles on the Arizona city’s long food heritage, as we…

Published: September 24, 2016 - 5:38 pm @ http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-fo-chimic…

Facebook

ahwatukee.com on Facebook

Twitter

ahwatukee.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px

Most Popular

Online poll

Loading…