AZ Country USA Cooperstown
The creator of Alice Cooperstown in Phoenix will be adding a west Mesa location to the AZ Country USA, shown Friday, August 27, 2010.

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.

(7) comments

janet328taylor

Well my hubby worked there. And he showed up to work doors where locked. They have left him out in the cold oweing 2 weeks of pay. We have not heard a thing but that Brian the owner took all stuff out of the bar and left and does not have intenious to pay ALL of his employees that worked for him. We need to feed our kids and keep the lights on . Not to mention other stuff we need to pay for.

American Pie

This place is destin to fail, being in the same neighborhood with Toby Keith's bar and grill will be the death of any concept that goes into this facility. Being from the area and having been to both venues, there is no contest, Toby Keith's bar rocks and Country USA is a dump, sure it has a shiney new sign and new paint, but the food sucks and the service is worse. They think calling it cooperstown is going to make it any better?? What a bunch of moron's. Don't waste your time or money, just head into Toby Keith's for a great time and value!!!

Slabside

I feel safe in all of Arizona. I'm a native and just because people are speaking Spanish in a neighborhood doesn't cause me to run. Nice try fool.[beam]

Sthrnkali7

Campeones are one of many businesses that decided to leave this state! And honestly, I don't think to many of Your so called English speaking clientele will feel safe on Our Spanish speaking Neighborhood.

Slabside

"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." I don't care who you are... that's down right funny!!!

magenta83

Great news! Seems like AZ Country USA is attracting quite a bit of business and with a Cooperstown there it should be even better. Yay!

samkat

I am sure the new facility will draw a better crowd than the old one. I suspect the patrons of Cooperstown will speak English.

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