Employees shocked, want answers after Tucson Mall's 'Toby Keith's' closes

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Employees shocked, want answers after Tucson Mall's 'Toby Keith's' closes

By Cory Marshall. CREATED Mar 10, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - One restaurant and bar, still new to Tucson, is no more. Toby Keith's I love this Bar and Grill at the Tucson Mall closed overnight Friday. Employees say they had zero warning.

Monday, a sign is taped to it's doors, notifying people of the closure read, "You are hearby put on notice that General Growth Properties has retaken posession as a direct result of your breach of the contract for rental of the same between you and that entity."

Employees tell 9OYS everything was business as usual Friday, until about 1:00 a.m., that's whenEmployees say everything was business as usual, friday, until at 1:00am, that's when the bar and grill's general manager says people from corporate barged in, packing up boxes and ushering out patrons.

"They shoved everybody out the doors, locked the doors and started taking things off the walls, taking the TVs down, carrying out liquor, food, kegs, bottles of beer and nobody would tell us anything. They turned off our computer system. We couldn't enter any of our credit card tips. It was unbelievable. I mean, we were all stunned," Bartender Avalon Lizarraras said. Lizarraras worked at the Tucson Mall location since it's opening in December 2012.

Calls to the bar and grill's corporate office in Phoenix were not returned.

The following is a statement from Brighid Brown, Marketing Manager for Tucson Mall:
"While we never like to see a tenant leave, we're always actively looking for the best retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues to enhance the shopping experience at Tucson Mall.  Stellar retailers, entertainment venues/events and great restaurants attract visitors to our center.  We are unable to comment on specifics regarding Toby Keith's lease, but we are looking forward to announcing new restaurants and retailers in the near future."