Restaurants, when it comes time for them to close up shop for good, often make some kind of grand announcement. There is a desire to let the community know about what is going on with the business. Whether it is a last-ditch effort to bring in some extra business or a final opportunity to say goodbye, the majority of restaurants do their part to inform patrons. However, not all restaurants do this. Some seem to close in the middle of the night, never to be heard from again. For one local metro Phoenix restaurant, that’s exactly what happened. The closure was such a surprise even some employees didn’t even know about it.
I covered the opening of Mug N’ Shot when it opened just seven months ago. However, at some point late last week, the restaurant closed permanently. The restaurant did so without warning, apparently forgetting to inform its social media manager of the closure. On the final Instagram post of the restaurant, which was put up a week ago, hungry patrons began asking why the restaurant was permanently closed. At first, the restaurant responded with business hours, but when the same patrons persisted, stating the restaurant was closed and that there were signs on the outside of the building saying the restaurant had closed permanently, Mug N’ Shot fell radio silent.
Other patrons on Facebook have raised similar questions, but the restaurant has not responded. There is no word as to why the Gilbert restaurant closed out of nowhere, and it appears as though the community, as well as regular patrons, will not receive any kind of answer. The restaurant was best known for its assortment of burgers, plus the extra crispy tater tots. However, those hungry for a burger will need to go elsewhere, as it does not look like Mug N’ Shot will be coming back (nor is there any real sign of where the owners have gone).
For anyone who is hard pressed for answers and wants to know why the abrupt closure, the restaurant was owned by HL Concepts, which also owns local restaurants including Jin Jia, Nori, Sizzle, and Shinbay. Mug N’ Shot was the first non-Asian-themed restaurant from the group, and it seems to be the first to close as well.
Moving forward, there now appears to be a restaurant opening at 100 North Gilbert Road, so we will need to wait and see what happens to the available space.