Originally Published: November 21, 2012 11:10 a.m.
After breaking ground on July 19, Jerry and Robbin Schultz opened their Backseat Bar in Cordes Junction to an enthusiastic crowd on Oct. 29.
The bar is attached to the 50's Backseat Diner, which began as CJ Diner in 2003. The Schultzes renovated the diner in 2010.
Jerry Schultz said the county development services department has been "especially helpful and supportive" during construction of the bar. He spent $14,000 in building fees, and approximately $7,000 in building material sales taxes. The bar is helping the local economy, he said.
"We used more than a dozen local laborers and tradespeople to build, and hired nine new employees. This business will generate 7.325 percent gross sales taxes, and is an exceptionally nice place to bring your family and friends," he said.
The bar has seating for 45 and the beer garden outside 25, Schultz said. The bar sports a 65" big screen and two 32" TVs. The room has an industrial look with a stainless steel bar top and diamond-plated ventilation ducts. The full liquor bar offers six drafts on tap, and a number of appetizers.
The Schultzes planned some fun in the décor with local sports afficionados donating items for the walls. Patrons can see Mayer Fire Chief Glenn Brown's broken baseball bat and a photo of him at the plate; the shoes Dist. 2 Supervisor Tom Thurman wore and his certificate for completing a memorial of the Bataan Death March; a photo of American Legion Post 122 Cmdr. Ron Johnson in fight stance, and his Golden Gloves from 1950; and a photo and the blown piston from Arnold Carnes's 2008 funny car.
The Schultz's also are adding a 3-hole putting green, which patrons can enjoy at no charge.
The 50's Backseat Diner and Backseat Bar are at 19780 E Hitching Post Way, next to the Cordes Junction Motel and RV Park. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Diner is open until one hour prior to bar closing. Phone is 928-632-4440.