Originally Published: September 7, 2011 9:52 p.m.
Barry Barbe, owner of Monk's and El Gato Azul restaurants, closed 129 1/2 - An American Jazz Grille on north Cortez Street this past weekend.
"I don't foresee it reopening," he said.
Barbe is attributing the closure to the economy and the recent renovations at the Downtown Prescott Inn earlier this summer.
Business began improving at his restaurants in late July, but Barbe said it wasn't enough to keep the doors open.
"August was a good month; it just wasn't where it needed to be," he said.
Barbe said he celebrated the eighth anniversary of the restaurant and jazz bar this past December.
The restaurant's website describes the place as a classic 1920s dinner house with a modern twist.
The music selection ranged from classic French jazz to traditional American genres and torch song standards in an intimate atmosphere, according to the site.
With the closing, Barbe said he plans to focus on his other two restaurants.
"I think we're doing some concept revision at the other two stores," he said. "We're going to tighten up and focus on those for the time being."
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