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Political hotspot Tom’s Tavern set to reopen

When Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill heard Tom’s Tavern was up for sale in September 2010, he decided that someone had to step in to carry on the restaurant’s traditions. Owner Michael Ratner was struggling with pancreatic cancer, and the tavern, which had served as a popular meeting place for politicians since 1929, was in danger of closing.

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Popular eatery for political power brokers celebrates 80 years (access required)

In 1993, a handful of notable politicians gathered in the backroom of a small diner in downtown Phoenix to hammer out a deal that would allow Native American tribes to operate casinos on their land in Arizona. The politicians at the table included state Attorney General Grant Woods, Gov. Fife Symington and U.S. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt.

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