Tortilla Flat is open year-round, manager says

Tortilla Flat, an old West town at 20909 E. Apache Trail northeast of Apache Junction, would like people to know it is open for business, Office Manager Lois Sanders said in an e-mail to the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent.

“There has been a lot of news coverage about the closing of Greasewood Flat recently. Our problem is people think it was Tortilla Flat that closed,” Ms. Sanders said. “Tortilla Flat is feeling the results of this mistaken idea that we are closed. We are getting numerous calls and visitors daily to see if we are still open. I can only imagine the number of people who aren’t coming because they think we are closed.”

Greasewood Flat, a Western watering hole and restaurant in north Scottsdale, closed March 31.

Ms. Sanders said the restaurant has been averaging two to 12 people a day who say they came up to see if it was open. Her office is receiving six-16 calls daily from people asking if the attraction is open or closed.

She said business has been down about 25 percent from the same time last year, some she attributes to the mistaken notion Tortilla Flat is closed.

The tourist and recreation area has been open since 1904. Calling itself “The Town Too Tough to Die,” Tortilla Flat has a restaurant and saloon, country store and gift shop. Gunfights are staged during the winter.

“Tortilla Flat is open year-round and has been serving travelers along the Apache Trail for 111 years,” Ms. Sanders said.
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