Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pinellas political hangout Tucson's Southwest Grill closes doors

Tucson's Southwest Grill, a popular meeting spot in mid Pinellas County for political parties and other groups, is closing.

Visitors such as Patriots' Ink club member Richard Canary, expecting a place for a regular Monday night meeting, instead found a sign inside the door stating the restaurant was closed but would reopen today.

But majority owner Les Rubin, the developer who recently took back control of the 14,000-square-foot location, said the restaurant will be closed for good and will be redeveloped. Rubin said Tucson's, 13563 Icot Blvd., which is off Ulmerton Road, was losing too much money to remain open.

Rubin opened Tucson's in 1990 in the Icot Center, taking a venue left by a restaurant that went out of business.

The county's Democratic and Republican parties and other organizations started meeting in its banquet rooms monthly. But the poor economy hurt business recently, as did construction along Ulmerton Road, Rubin said.

He decided to close this weekend and notify workers.

Rubin said he intends to reopen a business at the location. "We're actively working on a lot of options," he said.

Pinellas political hangout Tucson's Southwest Grill closes doors 07/05/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 8:34am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. See you later, alligator! Reptile captured off Miami Beach (w/video)


    MIAMI BEACH — Police and wildlife officials captured an unwanted visitor on Miami Beach.

    An alligator was spotted swimming in the Atlantic Ocean near the South Pointe Park pier in Miami Beach on July 23, 2017. News outlets quoted viewers who said it took officials about two hours to capture the gator. No one was injured.

  2. Dog dies in hot car while owner cleans Florida condos

    Public Safety

    PANAMA CITY BEACH — Authorities say a 2-year-old Chihuahua died in a hot car while its owner was cleaning condominiums in Florida.

  3. Recipe for Nutty Quinoa Carbonara


    If you've never made carbonara, consider adding it to your weekday dinner lineup. It is a traditional Italian pasta dish in which eggs are mixed with cheese and then swirled into cooked pasta just before serving. The result is a luscious bowl of food you won't believe contains so few ingredients. This recipe swaps …

    Quinoa Carbonara. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times food editor.
  4. Jared Kushner says he has 'nothing to hide' on Russia (w/video)


    WASHINGTON — Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner is denying that President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia, saying in a statement ahead of congressional interviews that he has "nothing to hide."

    White House senior adviser Jared Kushner listens during the "American Leadership in Emerging Technology" event with President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington on June 22, 2017. [Associated Press]
  5. Forecast: Less stormy weather to start week in Tampa Bay before chances ramp back up


    After some stormy mornings throughout the weekend across Tampa Bay, Monday kicks off pretty quietly with a cloudy, yet mainly dry start.

    Tampa Bay's 7 day forecast. [WTSP]