There's an Update to this Story at the bottom of page and as I say in this entry the restaurant plans to open in a month or so again, and they have a dance club & Tequila Bar that remains open and serves food, but not a full dinner menu again until after August 1. I spoke on with two people at that door who verified what my sources told me.
It's particularly sad for me as I knew many of the Chef, staff and management, the food was great, the people were warm and friendly. But the delicious southwestern restaurant
has closed it's doors. The staff was told Friday night, and there were many tears of disbelief.
Headed by Chef Gina Rodriguez, who came here from Arizona to run the kitchen, she was the first female chef at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort's Ventana Room in Tucson, when that restaurant became one of only 57 restaurants in the country to win the AAA Five-Diamond Award. (source)
The restaurant opened December 2 with managing partner Adam Solomon at the helm and business partners Rich Brenner and Kenny Nevsky working behind the scenes. Going forward it will continue to operate its upstairs dance club Keva. Rumor has it that the partners might try and open up the restaurant again in the Fall. Don't expect Chef Gina Rodriguez to be in the kitchen, I hear she is considering other options. (My suggestion keep it as a nightclub/lounge and how about catering to the 30 - 50 year olds. The market is there and currently we only have D'Angelo's filling the need.)
UPDATE:I stopped by Kokopelli last night and found out that club Keva & Lounge was indeed open. Promoter Frank tells me that the club was always doing well and now they will develop it into a 4 day a week destination. Monday, Wednesday thru Saturday you will find the club open. There is a $5 cover after 11PM and Melissa will check you in. No hats, sneakers or t-shirts is the dress code. They said the restaurant plans to open in another month under a different concept, but that concept could include a lounge. I told them my idea of an older crowd club and they thought my reasoning were viable. I hope that's what it becomes as my 40 yr old plus readers always ask me for a place to go.