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Later, tater tot: Grill shutting down

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Later, tater tot: Grill shutting down

Downtown diner Grill, long a fixture of late night eaters and early morning coffee drinkers, is shutting down next week, according to the restaurant's Facebook page.

The diner will close Tuesday night, according to a post that has since been removed:

It's true. Grill will be closing at midnight Tuesday November 22nd. That is, just moving into Wednesday. And we will never open the doors again. We open again tonight at 10pm. Come celebrate the end, or else fuck you.

Under the motto "Open later than you think," the coffee, burgers and tater tots—never with cheese—have been served up at Grill for a generation of downtowners. In fact, the spot has been an eatery for nearly a century.

Minerva Cafe opened at 100 E. Congress St. in 1929. Since the spot has been known as Stag Grill, Rallis Grill and Congress Grill. In 1994, after James Graham and Julia Latane purchased the diner, it was simply "Grill."

After Patrick and Lori Forsythe bought the joint in 1999, the house rules remained: no cheese on the tots and no ranch dressing.

Word is, the attached bar Red Room is also affected by the closure.

"This is a sad day for Tucson, but lets try and go out with grace and style, and remember what this place meant to us, whatever that might have been for each of us," Red Room's Rory O'Rear posted on Facebook.

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