At a time when the recession is taking a toll on Valley restaurants, a hugely ambitious dining project is coming to downtown Phoenix. An acclaimed Scottsdale chef and his partners have finalized a deal for a five-restaurant complex.
As more windows go up on CityScape’s office tower, the beginnings of a 250-room hotel has begun to rise out of the ground at the CityScape construction site.
Source: Phoenix New Times
“Why doesn’t somebody open a _____ in Central Phoenix?”
Fill in that blank for any kind of stylish indie business (especially anything food- and beverage-related), and I’ve wondered it aloud. For all the interesting things going on in CenPho these days, there’s still room for plenty more.
Literally a day after I had a conversation about why somebody needs to open a cool candy boutique, I heard a rumor that somebody really is. It’s called Smeeks.
The egg-shaped hut that has been in various states of disrepair over the past year on Central and Highland Avenues is well on its way to becoming Hula’s Modern Tiki, an Island-themed retro-modern joint soon to become North Central’s big hangout spot. The place used to be called Heap’s Big Beef way back when it opened in 1965, so you know it’s gotta be good.
Attention shoppers! The first grocery store to open in downtown Phoenix in nearly 30 years is taking shape.
On a recent afternoon, a crew worked on plumbing and electrical systems for the 2,000-square-foot store, which is expected to open sometime in August. Soon they will bring in refrigerated cases, ovens and other kitchen equipment, said Alan McLaughlin, the store’s general manager.
“We will source everything local,” he said, including meat, milk and cheese. “This will be a hangout place in the neighborhood.”
The $475,000 project is an offshoot of the popular, biweekly Phoenix Public Market, which is run by the non-profit Community Food Connections.
So, you think you can sing?
Head over to Coach and Willie’s at 412 S. 3rd St. on Friday, June 5th for Beat the Heat Happy Hour. From 6 to 9pm, enjoy drinks at a reduced price, a complimentary food buffet, baseball ticket giveaways and karaoke.
Lola Coffee is hosting its oh so official grand opening party tonight (never mind that it’s been open for three weeks) and you’re invited. They’re luring everyone in with free coffee, some super secret live jams and even a few wine pours. Plus, there’s the killer atmosphere, munchable food and relaxed vibe that’s made Lola an instant success.
It can be hard to find jazz in Phoenix if you’re not at the Rhythm Room, so head out to The Farm at South Mountain’s Quiessence Restaurant to enjoy some food and drink and some of Phoenix’s best jazz musicians in a rare open-air environment. This isn’t the cramped confines of dark and dingy club. This is the beautiful airiness of a warm Arizona summer night at the Q’s awesome patio.
End memorial weekend at Lost Leaf, a wine and beer house in downtown Phoenix, on Monday, May 25 at 7pm to celebrate their first anniversary with a whole host of bands. The event is free and each band will play no more than three songs.
Mark, Julie and Jack will be performing songs with three part harmony on Saturday, May 16 at Pink Spot Coffee & Ice Cream from 7 to 9pm.