The sign up at 3401 N. Main St. across from the Hollywood Cemetery leaves little doubt as to who the owner of Casa Grande blames for the Mexican restaurant and dance club’s shuttering. The 18-year-old establishment, which took over the by-then-long-abandoned site of the former Stuarts Drive-in, shut down last month, after several years of slow business. A sign at the entrance (pictured) now reads BANK CLOSED.
Owner Julio Garza told Chronicle transportation reporter Dug Begley 2 years ago that business had dropped off dramatically when construction of Metro’s Red Line extension closed down a bridge a mile to the south on N. Main St. (The light-rail extension opened at the end of 2013.) The 2-story structure backs up to I-45 at the N. Main St. exit.
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