Southside’s newest restaurant, The Mayor, is providing a place where college students can absorb that retro ‘70s and ‘80s chic, and adults who grew up in that area can refresh their memories of big hair, boom boxes and bellbottoms.
“It’s kind of a transition neighborhood,” said Ryan Field. The restaurant is south of Butler Avenue, so it’s in a kind of transition zone between Northern Arizona University and the newly revitalized area south of the train tracks.
The location used to be known as The Patio and previously as long-time neighborhood favorite El Charro.
“We wanted to be a bridge between the two,” said Ryan Field, who is a business partner along with Jared Field and Brian Terpay.
“We tried to gear it toward everyone,” Terpay added.
The retro ’70s and ‘80s look is very popular with the current college crowd and adults who grew up in that area love looking at the records, boomboxes and other nostalgia items that dot the walls.
The restaurant even serves lunch on old cafeteria trays and has a 1971 Airstream trailer converted into a bar parked on the patio. They’ve got a long list of retro outdoor games to play and are planning to install a tetherball for more fun.
The logo of the new restaurant even reflects the ‘70s and ‘80s. A close look reveals the outline of an Airstream trailer.
Terpay said they collected most of the items on the wall from pawn and vintage shops. The quality of the food is important at all of their restaurants, he said, but at The Mayor, décor took more of a cushy harvest gold recliner front seat.
“We wanted it to be different from all of our other places,” he said. The Fields and Terpay also own Traverna, Field House Chicken & Waffles, the Oakmont and Buster’s. Buster’s is currently closed for remodeling, but the trio hopes to reopen it by April 1.
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“We wanted (The Mayor) to be a kind of neighborhood hangout, like going to a barbeque at your best friend’s house,” Jared Field said.
The prices at The Mayor are bit retro too. There are very few items on the menu that are over $11. All items on the menu are made from fresh ingredients, including the handmade pizza rolls, he said.
The food is mostly burgers, salads, soups and sandwiches. Some of the specialties include Yesterday’s Soup, a homemade soup of the day picked by the restaurant’s dishwasher; the Flag PB & J, a French toast with peanut butter and house-made preserves sandwich; and rice crispy treats that have seasonal flavor changes.
Everything is ordered a la carte, so it makes it easy to choose a dish that will fill you up but not overfill you, Jared Field said.
There’s also a bar that carries all of the regular brews and wines and alcoholic snow cones, with one that has a Pop Rocks candy rim.
Terpay and the Fields said they encourage families to come for lunch and dinner at the restaurant. However, they’re still trying to find a comfort level for when bar patrons outnumber families with children.
When there’s more bar patrons than families, Terpay and the Fields feel that the atmosphere can become a bit rough for families. So even though it may be early in the evening, they sometimes suggest that families with children may want to eat elsewhere.
To make things a bit more fun, the restaurant runs a monthly contest where customers can compete to be the mayor of The Mayor. They checked with Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours first. Nabours not only gave his stamp of approval but was named the first mayor of the restaurant.
The mayor gets to pick the draft and sandwich of the month and their picture hangs in a place of honor on one of the walls on the bar. You get an inauguration party where you and 10 of your best friends get dinner and two free drinks per person for one night. The mayor also gets 10 free meals with two drinks for the rest of the month, $5 off their total bill for every person that come in with them, and a discount card for all of the other restaurants owned by Terpay and the Fields.
In order to become mayor of the restaurant, you have to grab a campaign book from your server. Then, announce your campaign to your friends on Facebook or Instagram and get your friends to eat at The Mayor. Each $5 increment on your friends’ bill is counted as a vote. They just have to let their server know who they’re voting for.
Next, eat at and get a stamp from all of the restaurants owned by the Fields and Terpay. Finally, show your support for NAU and Flagstaff by posting Instagram or Facebook photos of yourself at various local events.
Election day is the last Friday of every month, except December’s is always on New Year’s Eve. The winner is announced at 7 p.m. and must be present to win. In the event of a tie, the manager gets to pick whether there’s a snow cone eating contest or a skeeball tournament.
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