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Greasewood Flat auction offers pieces of history

Greasewood Flat, an Arizona Icon, is riding off into the sunset. Their last day of operation was March 31st. Local auction company, Sam Auctions, is inviting the public down to own a piece of the wild west on Saturday, April 11th. Greasewood Flat will sell many of the rustic treasures from one of the “oldest, quirkiest and most classic bars” in America.

You will also have a chance to win money from the famed “money room”, which is rumored to have more than $5,000 in signed dollar bills hanging from the ceiling, by purchasing a raffle ticket. Raffle tickets are $1 each and proceeds for the raffle will benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

The event on April 11th is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More information is below:

When: Saturday April 11, 2015, 10:00am – 6:00 pm

Where: 27375 N. Alma School Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85262

Organized by: SAM Auctions

Register to bid: samauctions.com

Greasewood Flat began life as an old bunkhouse building in the middle of the sprawling DC Ranch which ranged over thousands of acres of Sonoran Desert in the late 1800’s. Over the last century this desert has developed into one of the most affluent areas of Scottsdale, AZ. Since then Greasewood has grown into one of the last bastions of Old West Scottsdale, with its outdoor dance floor, corrals full of burros, rustic wagons, fire pits, and cast of characters all contributing to an atmosphere that compels you to kick up your heels and toss back a cold one.


Top 5 Accommodations: Outdoor Venues (Spring-Summer 2014)

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Get ready to experience Arizona’s spring/summer 2014 Top 5 Accommodations in Outdoor Venues! And use Experience AZ to guide you toward a visit that will make you want to come back time after time to keep crossing the must see hot spots off your Top 5 lists.

Top 5 Accommodations: Outdoor Venues

Fort McDowell Adventures
14803 N. Hiawatha Hood Rd. Fort McDowell, AZ 85264

(480) 816-6465
Featuring hiking, biking, kayaking, Jeep tours, cattle drives, cultural heritage tours, team building and trail rides through the Verde River. Experience outdoor fun in the Valley of the Sun’s most pristine setting.

Greasewood Flat
27375 N. Alma School Pkwy. Scottsdale, AZ 85262

(480) 585-9430
The bar and restaurant, which has been around for more than 30 years, is housed in a 120-year-old bunkhouse and is a favorite among locals, bikers and visitors.

The Duce
525 S. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004

(602) 866-3823
Housed in a brick-and-corrugated-metal building constructed in 1928, The Duce us dedicated to serving the downtown office and events crowds and offers a restaurant, full bar, gym, coffee bar, old-fashioned soda fountain, fresh organic produce stand and retro clothing and collectibles.

Pinnacle Peak Patio
10426 E. Jomax Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85262

(480) 585-1599
Picture your group having a rip roarin’ cowboy cookout under the stars. Since 1957, Pinnacle Peak Patio has been serving large and small groups at corporate events, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, holiday parties and bar mitzvahs.

Rawhide Western Town At Wild Horse Pass
5700 W. North Loop Rd. Chandler, AZ 85226

(480) 502-5600
Arizona’s largest Western-themed attraction, with desert stagecoach and train rides, rock climbing, mechanical bull and more. Theatrical performances include shootouts, gun twirling and musical performances.

Greasewood Flat

Plans secure Greasewood Flat’s future in Scottsdale

In 1981 an acclaimed band named “The Clash” rocketed up the music charts with a hit called “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?”  It’s the kind of song that’s likely played a lot at Scottsdale venerable watering hole Greasewood Flat over the years.  And it’s the kind of question that has plagued the family that’s owned it in recent years due to acute federal tax issues following the passing of family patriarch “Doc” Cavalliere several years ago.

Thanks to a conscientious Scottsdale-based company and the Cavalliere family the answer to The Clash’s question, and the future of Greasewood Flat is . . . both, bringing good news to concerned heirs and customers.

“It’s been a long journey but what a terrific result,” said George Cavalliere and son of Doc who owns the current 42-acre property with siblings.  “This vision is what our family wanted and we found a partner to help get us there,” he said.

The joint agreement between the family and Taylor Morrison Homes calls for the existing experience to remain in its current location for at least one year and likely longer until Greasewood is relocated to a more authentic, rural location to the north in Scottsdale.  That 120-acre property is also owned by the Cavalliere family and abuts the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  Members of the family will also build homes on the new site, as they have at the existing one.

“When we started Greasewood Flat we were out here by ourselves.  But development has encroached on our experience causing us to lose some of the truly Western experience.  That can’t happen at our other property that abuts land that will be preserved forever thanks to the generosity of Scottsdale taxpayers,” Cavalliere said.  He said kitchen equipment has already been purchased for the new location.

As planned there will be no gap between when the existing Greasewood Flat relocates and when the new one also owned by the family will be up and running.  City approvals for both parcels will be pursued later this year with the current 42-acre site renamed after the Cavalliere family for the redevelopment.

“This is truly the best of all worlds. We are thrilled for our customers and long-time employees. We weren’t forced to lose our property due to the inheritance tax issues that would have meant closure for Greasewood and we worked with a great Scottsdale-based company to smartly redevelop our existing site as well as work with us to plan and relocate to our new site that will generate revenue allowing us to build a great new Greasewood at a great new site,” Cavalliere said.

To celebrate the happy news a celebration is being planned for the spring.

“With so much uncertainty in recent years about one of our tourists favorite stops the certainty of Greasewood Flat surviving and thriving within Scottsdale for years to come is terrific news for our tourism efforts,” said Rachel Sacco, the long-time CEO of the Scottsdale Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.