The creator of Alice Cooperstown in Phoenix is opening a Cooperstown in west Mesa, adding it to the massive AZ Country USA.
Brian Weymouth owns the 30,000-square-foot country venue and plans to open the Cooperstown in September. Instead of having a sports and rock theme, it will celebrate sports and country music and be larger than the downtown Phoenix locale, Weymouth said.
"It's kind of Cooperstown on steroids," Weymouth said.
The new restaurant will take up about 6,000 square feet and has a capacity of 400.
The venue at the southwest corner of Country Club Drive and Southern Avenue opened in November as Julio César Chávez Campeones, a $4.5 million boxing-themed venue. But its doors were shuttered in June after Arizona's new immigration law scared away the Hispanic clientele, Weymouth said.
"Unfortunately, SB 1070 took that one down pretty rapidly," he said.
Weymouth reopened the business July 9 as AZ Country USA, but not with the Campeones business partners. They were Chávez, Dan Wergin, and Brian Day O'Connor, the son of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
Campeones drew about 1,000 patrons a week at the most, Weymouth said, but the country venue has attracted about 3,500.
Weymouth is still a partner with shock rocker Alice Cooper in the original venue but Cooper isn't involved with the Mesa one.
Cooperstown will open Sept. 11 with a private charity event for firefighters. It will open to the public at 8 p.m. that day.
While AZ Country USA is open Wednesday through Sunday, Cooperstown will be open every day.