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San Tan Flat and The Dance Gestapo
Tonight Mat and his family treated me to dinner at the San Tan Flat, a local open-air restaurant, very western cowboy style theme like atmosphere. After we ordered our food I realized this was the same restaurant I saw on national TV a few months ago because the county was trying to shut it down for….get this….”dancing”. Yes….an actual real Footloose situation…Pinal County has an ordinance against dancing outside (it was written in the 1950’s) so the county decides to fine the owner Dale Bell, $700 every night he allows his customers to dance. (The tab right now is around $200,000 ). They are now trying to put a lien on his property and land.
It really seemed like a harmless family restaurant. Kids were running around playing, sitting by the fire and yes...even dancing.