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Pinnacle Peak Patio sold to developers for $2.4 million

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Scottsdale could soon lose its title of "The West's Most Western" town as three of the city's famous western-themed restaurants are set to shut down.

The buildings will be torn down to make room for luxury homes.

The latest casualty?  Pinnacle Peak Patio.

This iconic restaurant was built in 1957.  It's best known for its ties hanging from the ceiling.  If you walk in there with a tie, it will get cut off.

A developer bought this 10-acre site from the McElhanon family who owned it for decades.

"Everybody was ready for this and it certainly wasn't a decision made lightly," said Pinnacle Peak Patio's Lisa Cyr. 

Cyr says they'd like to move to a more remote area.

"Hopefully, we can get back to our roots of being more secluded."

"If we keep losing this stuff, pretty much we're not Scottsdale anymore.. we're just Tempe.. why would anyone want to come here and vacation?" said Scottsdale City Councilman Robert Littlefield.

Littlefield is against the recent sales of Scottsdale's western-themed restaurants, like Rawhide, Greasewood Flat and Reata Pass.

"My colleagues, not me, are giving developers pretty much whatever they want.. Well in the process, the developers are making money, but they're doing so at the expense of the Scottsdale brand."

"To see these iconic representations of the West's Most Western Town gone is really strange.. it's a legacy that's getting washed away and it's heart wrenching to think about it not being here," said Hoyt Johnson III.

Nearby Greasewood Flat hopes to move a few miles away near Tom Thumb Trail head.  As for Pinnacle Peak Patio, they haven't picked a new site yet.

If Pinnacle Peak Patio relocates, they're going to take their ties with them.  So far, they think they have a million ties.

There's lots of history here: ties from astronauts on Gemini 6 and 9. 

The owners say no matter where they go, "The experience does not exist because of the walls the experience is within," said Cyr.

And both Pinnacle Peak Patio and Greasewood Flat plan on staying open for another year before they have to move to another site.
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