Tucson, Arizona's first five-star restaurant, The Tack Room, made one final showing with a final wine tasting and cellar sale to benefit Junior Achievment of Arizona, Southern Arizona District. Almost $2,000 was raised during the October 2004 event.
The Tack Room with its landmark gigantic cowboy boot at the edge of the road, at 7300 E. Vactor Ranch Trail, closed shortly after it was purchased in February 2000 by Metro Restaurants President and CEO Bob McMahon.
The restaurant opened in 1965 and was the most expensive dining facilities in the state.
In 1977, it received the Southwest's first Mobil Travel Guide Five Star Award and received the award continuously through 1996. It won eight consecutive AAA Five Diamond Awards. In 2000, it was give Four Diamonds.
McMahon spent $1.1 million in renovations. He leased the restaurant from co-owners Drew Vactor and Richard Tyler, the general manager.
The building will be torn down to make way for new homes. The famous cowboy boot will remain alongside Sabino Canyon Road.
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