Alice Cooper’s Phoenix Restaurant Could Lose Big in NBA Lockout
Alice Cooper's restaurant Cooper'stown stands to lose thousands of dollars due to the NBA lockout. ABC15 reports that the sports themed bar and eatery will lose far more than that if additional games are canceled.
The Phoenix based location was the original Cooper'stown, and opened in 1998. Sitting right across from US Airways arena on Jackson Street, Cooper'stown management say that "losing the Los Angeles Lakers game on Nov. 4 was the toughest hit so far." That game alone typically fetches more than $10,000 for the restaurant. If the entire season is lost, it's likely that Cooper'stown will lose more than $500,000.
Many of the staff have already started to look for work elsewhere due to the simple fact that shifts just aren't available. Those still employed are hopeful that US Airways arena will start booking concerts in the coming months to offset the loss of basketball. Cooper'stown as a whole has struggled some, with the Denver location closing in 2002 and the Cleveland location closing five years later in 2007.
Many of the entrees and appetizers on the menu are named after athletes, musicians and actors. The 'Billion Dollar Baby Back Ribs' were a house favorite in Cleveland, in Phoenix it's the 'No More Mr. Nice Guy Chipotle Chicken Pasta.' TVs serve every vantage point and of course, it's an ideal place to buy Cooper merchandise.
If this Phoenix Cooper'stown takes a hit, local residents and Cooper fans will surely find this loss more than monetary. Alice has called Cooper'stown the "Taj Mahal of sports bars" and if you've had the pleasure of visiting one, you know he's telling the truth.