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Updated Jan 11, 2013 - 5:56 pm

Ghoulish downtown Mesa restaurant closing its doors

Monsterland is shown about one week before it is scheduled to close its doors. (Sandra Haros/KTAR)

MESA, Ariz. -- A hauntingly unique Mesa restaurant announced Friday that it would be closing its doors for good.

Monsterland, located on 13th near Main and Center in downtown Mesa, is a horror-themed restaurant that sought to entertain guests along with feeding them.

Originally a haunted house, Monsterland was transformed into a restaurant in April 2012. The owner, Kevin Wynn, in a letter posted on Facebook, the owner said the restaurant was not built to handle the large crowds it attracted.

"We focused on good fresh prepared menu items, Arizona Craft beers, and great service. We struggled at our opening, but am proud to say we have received hundreds of positive reviews and compliments the past 9 months," the letter read.

Wynn said he is looking for someone to take over the restaurant.

"I just realized that I'm done financially trying to carry this place," said Wynn, adding that one of the hardest parts of closing the business was laying off the employees.

"We're like family," he said.

Unless a new owner is found, Monsterland will shut its doors for good on Jan. 19.

About the Author

Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

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