Start warming up your singing voice as the Blind Dragon Karaoke Lounge opened this week in Scottsdale. Asian inspired bites, cocktails and a themed private karaoke lounge is all you need to become the next American Idol.
The sleek and modern lounge has locations in West Hollywood and Dubai with owners hope to give guests the ultimate Hollywood/Las Vegas experience.
Blind Dragon Karaoke rooms
6 themed rooms come in sizes that can hold groups of 8, 14 or 20 and each have a flat screen TV and audio system.
Scottsdale’s Blind Dragon was designed by Scottsdale designer George Monzure and features artwork throughout its 8,500 square feet with a mural painted along the length of the wall by the lounge’s main bar. The design is similar to the West Hollywood location designed by John Sofio.
Blind Dragon is opened Thurs. – Sat. nights from 6p.m. – 2a.m. with reservations recommended to reserve your private karaoke room.
Guest will be able to sip on colorful cocktails and snack on Asian inspired bites, small plates and a few heartier plates when not trying to become the next Pink or Usher.
To make your reservation email firstname.lastname@example.org The Blind Dragon Karaoke Lounge is at 7419 E. Indian Plaza Dr. Suite A. Scottsdale 85251
Fast casual dining continues to pick up momentum on the culinary scene with poke, pizza, salads and burritos. Now you can add Thai cuisine to the fast casual menu of eateries as Thai Chili 2 Go will be opening its 5th valley location at The Promenade in north Scottsdale in late November.
Thai Chili 2 Go has 4 east valley location and this will be their first location west of the Loop 101 as they expand westward.
“With our other restaurants, we have made a name for ourselves by offering customers authentic Thai recipes, exotic flavors and freshly made cuisine in a quick-serve setting that allows guests to come in, get a great meal and go about their day,” said owner Akshat Sethi. “We feel that Scottsdale’s diverse clientele of daytime professionals and residential diners with sophisticated palates are primed for a Thai Chili 2 Go in their neighborhood — and we’re excited to bring it to them.”
Thai Chili 2 Go menu
The user friendly menu offers affordable and delicious that are fresh-to-order and help to introduce Thai cuisine to the masses. Starters such as dumpling and Spring Rolls, Thai Hot & Sour soup and traditional Thai entrees that include Spicy Eggplant, Red Curry, Pad Prig Pao, Drunken Noodles and Thai Chow Mein and more.
If eating at the restaurant isn’t part of your plan Thai Chili 2 Go has several options including partnering with UberEats, Postmates, Door Dash and Grubhub to deliver food to your door. To save time you can order online or on the mobile app in advance so you can pick up you food and skip the line.
Grand opening specials
To celebrate the opening of the Scottsdale location a month long celebration in December will offer guest discounts and free food. Follow Thai Chili 2 Go on social media to find out specific dates and promotions in the coming weeks.
Thai Chili 2 Go will be at 16203 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 105. See their website for other locations and to keep up with them.
Scottsdale’s Farm & Craft is set to open its 2nd location in the spot recently vacated by The Herb Box at The Colony along the popular 7th St. corridor in north central Phoenix. Riot Hospitality Group, owner of Farm & Craft and other local restaurants and bars plans to open the new location in early 2018 after the renovations are complete.
Farm & Craft offers guests a healthy and sustainable food and drink menu all in a fast casual atmosphere during breakfast and lunch and a full service restaurant experience during dinner. The menu will be similar to that of the Scottsdale location and guests will notice a different design to the Phoenix location as the neighborhood it serves is different and the owners like to adapt to those differences.
“We are very excited to open another Farm & Craft in the Valley,” says Ryan Hibbert, CEO of Riot Hospitality Group. “We saw an opportunity to bring this unique concept to The Colony and we plan to continue to grow the brand.”
The Wellness Menu offered at Farm & Craft focuses on optimal health through four specific philosophies, “anti-inflammatory diet”, “increasing pro-biotic levels”, “maintaining a high level of anti-oxidants” and “reducing overall stress”. This is done by working with local suppliers to create a menu that uses ingredients that are local, gluten-free, hormone free, organic and sustainable.
Farm & Craft offers a juice program that features cold pressed juices and “Kombucha Cocktails”. Signature “Cold Pressed Cocktails” use organic spirits are available at the indoor/outdoor bar as are local beers and unique wines poured from the tap.
With the 2016 opening of the Scottsdale location and the anticipated success of the Phoenix location, Riot Hospitality plans to continue to expand the Farm & Craft brand locally and nationally.
Farm & Craft will be at 5538 N. 7th St. Phoenix 85014.
Restaurateur Bob Sikora knows a thing or two about opening successful restaurants having opened Bobby Mcgee’s nightclubs growing it to 24 locations around the country and founding Mr. Lucky’s country bar with Willie Nelson. After traveling the country for years searching out and learning about BBQ he opened his first Bobby Q’s Great Steaks & Real BBQ in north Phoenix in 2005 before the BBQ trend started here in Phoenix.
On Monday October 2nd he opens his third Bobby Q’s at Camelback Rd. & 32nd St. I had the opportunity to visit the restaurant to preview it.
The dark & brick walled the restaurant has a cozy atmosphere with the exhibition kitchen just inside the front door. Two almond/mesquite wood smoker and rotisserie are situated inside the kitchen smoking BBQ favorites brisket, pork & beef ribs, sausage links and more. The aroma will sure get people’s attention as people wander the its strip mall location.
Tastes of BBQ
My guest and I sampled a few dishes on our visit courtesy of Bob and his team. Executive chef Mark Hittle and his kitchen team hand run all the meats with their signature rub before they are slow cooked.
We started with the Cajun Shrimp appetizer that are sautéed with Cajun spices and served with garlic bread to mop up the juices. The 6 shrimp were a good size, had nice seasoning and disappeared pretty quickly.
If you know me you then you know I’m a rib man and went with the Baby Back Ribs that were fall off the bone tender and made me a happy man. The brisket we sampled had the right amount of fat and bark to put up against any brisket around town.
On the side we had the Pecan Cole Slaw which was shredded thin, not to creamy as many can be and topped with crushed pecan adding a nice twist and texture. The side of Mac & Cheese won’t disappoint fans of the cheesy favorite.
We were given a bag of warm mini donuts from the donut machine and are free to all guests who dine at restaurant.
The full menu includes steak, fish, burgers, salads and rotisserie chicken that can be seen on Bobby Q’s website. I can see why Bobby Q’s has garnered many accolades from Yelp!, Open Table and Trip Advisor.
Hand crafted cocktails
In-house mixologist Chris Ortega has created a cocktail menu with his take on classic cocktails that include an Old Fashioned that I enjoyed prepared with rye whiskey and barrel smoked maple syrup. Other cocktails include the refreshing Watermelon Cooler and Bobby Q’s version of the classic Mule cocktail. All cocktails are prepared with premium spirits, fresh fruits and house made syrups.
The Camelback location will serve lunch and dinner 7 days a week at 11 a.m. and will stay open until 2 a.m. Tues. – Sat. serving a late night menu. Sun. & Mon. they will be open until 10 p.m.
Bobby Q’s Great Steaks and Real BBQ is at 3154 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix 85016
Glendale will be the home of the 6th Arizona location of Blaze Fast- Fire’d Pizza come Friday June 23rd.
The Irvine, California-based fast casual artisan pizza maker will call the northeast corner of Bell Rd. and 79th Ave home to its 1,700 square foot restaurant that will seat 68 people inside and on the patio.
The Blaze Fast- Fire’d Pizza difference
The chef driven restaurant has a menu of pizza and salads created by executive chef and Culinary Institute of America graduate Bradford Kent, “The Pizza Whisperer”. What makes the Blaze’s pizza different is the dough which needs 24 hours for fermentation in order to give it a light and crispy crust. Most of the ingredients use no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives and fillers. The restaurant also offers gluten-free dough and vegan cheese.
Signature pizzas are available as are a :create your own” option with all pizzas use fresh ingredients before being baked in a hot oven for just 3 minutes. All pizzas cost about $8 and beer and wine is available.
“Our mission at Blaze is really simple – we’re taking pizza back to its roots, “said Jim Mizes, president & COO of Blaze Pizza. “By making dough in-house, carefully sourcing ingredients, and cooking by fire, we’re giving guests a great way to enjoy artisanal pizza without the wait. It’s changing the way people think about and eat pizza.”
When the doors open at 11 a.m. on June 23rd all guests that come in until 10 p.m. and follow Blaze on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook will receive a FREE “create your own” pizza. A DJ will be providing entertainment starting at 4:30 p.m.
Commitment to Pizza, People and Planet
Blaze’s attention to details is not just for its pizzas but for their almost 200 restaurants across the United States and Canada. Each restaurant is constructed with recycled and sustainable materials, uses eco-friendly packaging and uses energy-efficient lighting.
Their commitment to the community extends to its donating 20% from fundraising events held at the restaurants as it partners with local sports clubs, schools and other organizations as they host fundraisers. http://www.blazepizza.com/
Locally owned Press Coffee Roasters is set to open its flagship store in downtown Phoenix on June 8th making it the 5th location for the award-winning specialty coffee roaster.
Press Coffee at The Muse (1816 N. Central Ave.) will look across Central Ave. to the Phoenix Art Museum but the art is inside Press with a custom Synesso espresso machine, white Mahlkonig grinders and futuristic Clever Seraphim brewers. The modern design of the 2,000 square foot space was designed by Larry Lake of Lawrence Lake Interiors.
By late summer Press plans to offer beer and wine along with launching an expanded food menu. Coffee 101 tastings and events are planned in the ‘learning space”.
“I started Press back in 2008, with the idea for a place for coffee, food and wine. This store resurrects that dream at an even higher level,” said Steve Kraus, owner and founder of Press Coffee. “We’re excited to open our doors and be a part of Downtown Phoenix’ diverse coffee and food community.”
To celebrate the opening guests who stop by on June 8th, 9th or 10th will receive a free small cup of drip coffee.
Press has locations in Scottsdale, Chandler, Phoenix and Tempe and shares their passion for specialty coffee with customers and community by ensuring the highest quality of coffee, service and knowledge on a daily basis
Press Coffee at The Muse will be open Mon. – Sat. 6:30 a.m -8 p.m. and Sun. from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. http://www.presscoffee.com/