'Last Holdout Of A Glorious Golden Age': Author Laurie Notaro Remembers Mill Avenue's Rockin' Past

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 11:56am
Updated: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 7:15am

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Laurie Notaro and Patrick Sedillo on the patio at Long Wong's.

Mill Avenue is in the heart of downtown Tempe and still attracts people of all ages and interests. But it’s changed dramatically from a couple of decades ago, when independently-owned stores and an exciting music scene were on display seven days and nights a week.

The most recent change announced for Mill is the closing of the Irish pub Rula Bula.

That latest move prompted The Show to speak with humorist and best-selling author Laurie Notaro, who frequented Mill during its hottest period in the 1990s.

Mill Avenue construction on former Long Wong
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Construction on the corner of Mill Avenue and Seventh Street — the former site of Long Wong's — in February 2021.

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