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Giant SQUID attacks downtown Phoenix!!!
That’s the headline ripped from our inbox as we peruse the Who/What (etc.) of downtown’s newest sushi spot.
Who: Chef/Owner Schuyler Estes
What: Squid Ink Sushi was established in 2010 in Peoria, and features distinctive sushi and grill items in an unconventional, fun and lively atmosphere. Peoria locals have embraced Squid Ink as their indie-business amongst the abundance of big box corporations. Now, the flourishing downtown community will get to experience Squid Ink, which prides itself on bringing people closer to food, art and culture.
When: Established in 2010 in Peoria (yes, AZ), and opened in CityScape in June. The hours of operation are Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. – Midnight, Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.- 2 A.M.
Where: It sits in the southwest corner of the Hotel Palomar building, Squid Ink inhabits the street level storefront on the corner of Central Ave. and Jefferson St. Address: 2 E. Jefferson St. #108, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Why: Squidlings think their concept will appeal to the fast paced business lunch crowd as well as event goers, hip foodies, and other evening diners and wanderers who frequent the downtown scene. The Squid Ink menu combines authentic Asian cuisine with an urban sensibility. Dishes include traditional and contemporary favorites, innovative sushi rolls, grilled entrees, fresh salads, and many other items sure to satisfy foodies and those new to Asian fare.
The menu also includes a full alcohol selection with signature cocktails, an extensive wine list, draft beer, and a wide assortment of sake. Desserts and a fun children’s menu round out the offerings. Chef Schuyler is planning to add Asian inspired tapas and a late-night menu for the downtown crowd.
How: The new location will offer a walk-up window dishing out quick lunches for people on the go. The window will also stay open late for night owls to enjoy tasty street-food style cuisine. The space will also boast a bustling patio energizing the front of the building, complete with outdoor bar seating. The interior design uses sleek curved lines with two large circular booths for bigger groups and a round hi-top community table in the center of the action. Squid Ink’s style is contemporary urban chic with its use of tile, fabric and even clear chairs. Vibrant wall murals, painted by local artists, add a one-of-a-kind flare to the room.
On any given day you might find a local DJ mixing some lunchtime tracks, local artists’ work displayed for purchase, and a killer happy hour crowd. At night you might catch a themed party, see a live canvas painting or hear some acoustic grooves by local musicians. Regardless of the time of day, you’ll always be sure to find people reveling in the art of sushi.