Established Cantina & Cafe

Arivaca, AZ (Pima County)

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Asking Price: $500,000

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Established: 1950

Established Cantina & Cafe

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Historic Cantina & Cafe with lively business - a turn-key opportunity

La Gitana Cantina & Cafe is an historic adobe building in an historic Southern Arizona village. Built in the 1880's it has operated as the social center of the town since the 1950's. Popular with locals and a destination for tourist. Arivaca is reached by a 23-mile scenic drive and surrounded by mountains and high desert vistas. Truly one-of-a-kind, the Cantina has been listed for several years as one of Esquire Magazine's "Top 100 bars in America."

It is a small, welcoming place with guitars hanging on the wall inviting customers to play while sitting at the beautiful mesquite wood horseshoe bar. Monthly patio parties draw people from nearby towns with live music by bands from Tucson who love playing at the Cantina because of the crowds of appreciative customers.
The business operates 12+ hours per day, 365 days a year with a trained staff of part-time employees and four partners. The cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with an easy to handle menu.
The building and equipment have been upgraded while keeping the charm and historic value intact.
We consistantly receive very good reviews on social media from tourists.
History: "The oldest bar in the oldest continuously inhabited townsite in Arizona." The main adobe building originated as a dance hall in the 1880s. In the 1950s the kitchen and café areas were added. It has been operated for the last 68 year as a bar/café. It was named La Gitana (the gypsy) by one of the original owners.
As a matter of the heart - when we bought La Gitana it was run down and poorly run. It was our mission to make it into a welcoming place where everyone feels comfortable and safe. We have accomplished our goal. Being the "center" of a small town is a serious responsibility and we are looking for a buyer or buyers who wish to be a part of a wonderful community of people.

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Location:
Arivaca, AZ
Employees:
8
Facilities:
Property and building, full bar, café with efficient kitchen and seating area, walk-in cooler, ice machine, storage areas, and office. Building sits on a 90 ft, (frontage) x 132 ft lot on Arivaca's main street. There is parking front and side. Leased pool table and jukebox. Large, walled patio accommodates live music dances. New heat pump split units provide heating and air conditioning. No. 6 Liquor License - sale of all alcoholic beverages,package sales & off-site. County Health Dept. food service permit. All licenses and permits are in good standin
Competition:
The only bar & cafe within a 23-mile radius. Visitors are drawn to Arivaca by by the Buenos Aires Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, birding, hiking, biking, prospecting, hunting and fishing in the nearby Arivaca Lake.
Growth & Expansion:
After decades of declining population, we have a resurgence as young people are exiting large cities and making lives in our community. Our patio parties and dances have grown in popularity to the extent that we need to expand the patio - but would rather retire. Con: The two public restrooms are not handicapped accessible. There is room for one on the patio when the patio expansion takes place.
Support & Training:
It is a fully furnished and stocked with reliable staff. The current owners have operated the Cantina for 12+ years and are all local residents willing to make the transition seamless.
Reason for Selling:
Of a certain age, (60, 65, 73 & 81) the partners are ready to retire.
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richard milinovitch

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