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Famous 48 opens in November in downtown Scottsdale

Square One Concepts wasted no time in filling the space left vacant by Crab & Mermaid earlier this year. Realizing people in old town Scottsdale prefer tavern style regional American fare the restaurant group will be opening Famous 48 on Monday November 6th.

Famous 48
Half roasted chicken and other photos courtesy of J. Martin Harris Photography.

Once opened Famous 48 will have an ambience that balances both casual and fine dining and will celebrate the regional cuisine of the lower 48 states of the United States including BBQ, seafood, pizza and other American classic comfort foods. The tavern themed menu will serve food cooked with fresh and high quality ingredients using an artisanal approach to cooking.

Signature cocktails, craft beers from Arizona and wines will compliment the regional cuisine.

Famous 48 hours

The restaurant will serve lunch, dinner and brunch on the weekends in the leather booth line dining room and on the patio. Happy Hour starts early at 3p.m. til 6p.m. Mon.-Fri. and will include tasty bites to eat, premium cocktails and house wines.

Famous 48
Miso salmon

The open air patio will include fire pits and couches that will offer diners a more intimate experience.

Hours for Famous 48 will be Mon.- Fri. 11 a.m. -close, Sat. & Sun. 8a.m.- close. and weekend brunch 8a.m.- 2 p.m.

Famous 48 is at 4218 N. Scottsdale Rd. 85251 480-941-0101. To see the full menu got their website. Famous 48 is owned by Square One Concepts.

 

Former music venue to become Casa Amigos and Sky Lanes

The restaurant business is not the only local industry that is also in the constant state of flux, so is the live music venue industry as smaller venue continue to seek your entertainment dollar. Scottsdale’s Livewire became a recent victim and shut its doors a few months back. Evening Entertainment Group(EEG) are quickly transforming the two-story building into Casa Amigos and Sky Lanes with an anticipated opening before year’s end.

The $4 million dollar renovation started over the summer with the authentic Mexican restaurant Casa Amigos occupying the ground floor space with the lounge and state of the art bowling alley Sky Lanes upstairs.

Sky Lanes lounge. Photos courtesy of EEG & MMPR Marketing

EEG’s owners Diane and Les Corieri are  familiar with the building and the Scottsdale Entertainment District having run several nightlife venues in the area for almost 20 years. They are working with  decorator Alison Victoria who many may recognize from HGTV’s “Kitchen Crashers” and who the Corieri’s hired to design their central Phoenix restaurant Casa Anejo which opened last year.

“This location has always been special to Diane and me,” says Les Corieri, co-owner of Evening Entertainment Group. “From our original ultra-lounge and nightclub, Axis-Radius, to the former Livewire music hall, this space has always been a landmark in the Scottsdale nightlife scene. So when we looked to launch a new concept, we knew we had to go all out and create a one-of-a-kind experience that speaks to the way people like to nightlife today-casual yet stylish dining in an indoor-outdoor that setting takes advantage of Arizona’s wonderful weather. And then with Sky Lanes we know there a market for fun, cocktail-friendly entertainment with a high-energy vibe.”

Casa Amigos

The Santa Barbara inspired designed restaurant will serve traditional Mexican fare for the nightclub crowd that will include tacos such as octopus and picadillo beef, a build your own Guacamole menu, shared plates and entrees that include a bacon wrapped Sonoran dog and Veracruz grilled swordfish.

Handcrafted cocktails, cold beers along with an extensive list of premium sipping tequilas and mezcals will be available as will several varieties of Margaritas.

Sky Lanes

Upstairs the state-of-the- art bowling alley and lounge will impress even the Scottsdale crowd with its retro modern decor. The boutique bowling alley will offer bottle service in the lounge and classics jams of the 80s & 90s will keep the energy going while guests bowl the night away.

Casa Amigos and Sky Lanes will be at 7340 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale 85251.

 

MidiCi Pizza opens first Arizona location in Desert Ridge

I forget who told me October is National Pizza Month but  I’m not surprised as there is more pizza available in Phoenix than ever before. Pizza should be the official food of the valley or state if its not already since there more pizza than taco options(not really sure). As  mom & pop pizza shops continue to open and national chains move into the Phoenix  market we welcome another pizza option, MidiCi The Neopolitan Pizza Company opened its first Arizona location in the Desert Ridge community of Phoenix.

Primavera

“Opening our first location in Phoenix marks a milestone in our expansion,” said local Phoenix franchisee, Craig Early. “We’re confident that our location will create a lasting bond with the Desert Ridge community for years to come.”

The 2-year old ” fast, fine” Los Angeles based pizza company focus is Neopolitan brick oven pizza that use fresh and natural ingredients that are almost GMO free. The menu was crafted by Los Angeles restaurateurs Peppe Miele and Mario Vollera with pizza, salads and burrata and is served in a faster, fine dining atmosphere.

MidiCi translates to “you tell me” in Italian and has two meanings to the founders philosophy, building friendships by speaking with each other about our lives and the personal approach to authentic Neoploitan pizza.

Margherita pizza

“From the moment our guests step foot in MidiCi’s they will fall in love with the concept – from the food, to the people and ambiance, to the very values of the brand, it was just the right fit for Phoenix,” said Early. “We know that once guests get a chance to try it themselves they’ll want to return and create lasting memories with their friends.”

Arizona marks the 10th state which MidiCi has expanded into and has received rave reviews and earned 4.5 out of 5 stars on Yelp!

MidiCi is at 21001 Tatum Blvd. Suite 1010 and is open Sun – Thurs 11AM – 12AM & Fri. & Sat. 11AM – 1AM. Visit the website for more information.

 

Lots of playing at The Park Bar in downtown Phoenix

As downtown Phoenix quickly transforms from live, work &  play  neighborhood to more of a live, work, play ,eat & drink destination,  many business’s see the opportunity. The Park Street Food Bar & Beer Garden on S. 2nd St. which opened as an indoor beer garden and has become a community gathering place.

To bring the diverse community of office workers, residents, artists and others even closer The Park is playing host to daily(Happy Hour), weekly and monthly events in September & October.

Happy Hour Specials Daily

Happy Hour is at every Monday-Friday  from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. ! Enjoy $2 off beer, wine and cocktails. Daily specials run all day:                                                                                                                                               Monday: $5 off a $20 Beer Bard                                                                          Tuesday: $6 Deep Eddy Mules                                                                    Wednesday: $5 Wine Glasses                                                                         Thursday: $5 Jameson and Fireball                                                                            Friday: $5 Coors Light and Miller Lite

Tuesday Movie Night

The Park proudly presents a free movie night every Tuesday starting Sep. 19 at 7:00 p.m.! A variety of feature films will be shown on the 17-foot screen, and free popcorn will be available. 2-for-1 entrees are available with a reservation. Text “MOVIES” to 48421 to RSVP.

Sep 19 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off                                                                              Sep 26 Office Space                                                                                                            Oct 3 Dirty Dancing                                                                                                       Oct 10 Jerry McGuire

The Park

National Taco Day

The Park Bar is celebrating National Taco Day on Wednesday, October 4 with $1 beef street tacos all day long!

Dueling Piano Night Oct. 14

There is no cover on Saturday, the 14th and 2-for-1 entrees will be available. To RSVP, text “PIANO” to 48421. The dueling starts at 7p.m.

Phoenix Suns Opening Party

The Phoenix Suns opening party is coming to The Park Bar on Wednesday, October 18 & Friday, October 20. Coors Light specials and giveaways will be available, including 28 tap self-serve indoor craft beer garden, Coors girls, Ping-Pong and shuffleboard arcades and a 17-foot LED screen.

Outta The Park Comedy Night, Oct. 21

Saturday, October 21 is Outta the Park Comedy Night with Anwar Newton! The event is presented by NAG Comedy and The Park Bar, hosted by Nick Giasullo and features Mike Enders. 2-for-1 entrees are available with RSVP. Text “COMEDY” to 49421 to fill out the RSVP form.  Starts at 8:00 p.m.

Parktoberfest, Oct. 27 

Leinenkugels presents Parktoberfest on Friday, October 27 at 6:00 p.m. with a celebration of beer, food and music. The event will feature traditional beer and food samples, bar games and giveaways, live bands and DJs, the Leinenkugels ladies and a $200 stein hoisting contest.

Park Street Food Bar & Beer Garden is at 3 S 2nd St #114 Phoenix, AZ 85004 Phone: (602) 362-5627

Award winning pitmaster bringing BBQ Trapp Haus to downtown Phoenix

Phoenix has its reputation in the national food circles for pizza, tacos and Mexican food offerings, it won’t be long before we can add BBQ to the list. Already the home of Little Miss BBQ, Porkopolis, Honey Bear’s and the soon to be opened Starlite BBQ  comes BBQ Trapp Haus bringing their BBQ and urban Southern cooking to downtown Phoenix.

Great news if you’re a BBQ fan like me(I’m a rib man) but the rub is we have to wait a few months for the anticipated December opening from owner and pitmaster Phil “The Grill” Johnson.

BBQ Trapp Haus eats

BBQ Trapp Haus isn’t your typical BBQ joint with its urban decor from owner Johnson’s New York City upbringing and it southern inspired menu which goes beyond pulled pork, smoked brisket and ribs. Fear not all the staples will be had for the masses to get sloppy with but we will also be available to grab BBQ nachos, Empanadas stuffed with pulled pork, “No Bun Bowls” such as the Mac Bowl with smoked mac & cheese and more.

“It has always been a dream of mine to open my own BBQ joint,” Phil says. “BBQ Trapp Haus is the combination of my Bronx background, my skill in competition-style BBQ and my desire to give people good food that is made with my heart and soul.”

Traditional BBQ fans will be ordering the classics of Applewood Smoked Pork, St. Louis style ribs and Hickory Smoked Brisket along with PTG’s (Phil the Grill to his friends) sides of “Mean Greens” , PTG Baked Beans, Jalapeno Honey slaw and crispy waffle fries.

PTG is known for his “Philly Crack Wings” from his popular food truck “Sammitch” which will be on the menu along with Sammitches including New York style Pastrami Reuben, Philly Cheese Fix and Pork Heaven.

Craft beers and smoked infused bourbon will be poured to wash down you flavorful eats and should you still have room for strawberry shortcake and banana pudding will be on the dessert list.

Pitmaster accolades

In the world of food competition pitmaster Phil is known from his earning several awards from the Kansas City Barbecue Society including the Grand Championship on the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour(didn’t even know they had one) and 2nd place at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue Invitational.

His food truck Sammitch has been named one of the Top 10 food trucks around the valley  and has built a loyal following that should follow him right to 511 E. Roosevelt when he opens.

 

 

 

Over Easy opening in Biltmore neighborhood

One of Arizona’s favorite breakfast and lunch spots continues to expand as Over Easy will be opening in the Biltmore Center II at 24th St. & Camelback Rd. in September.

Know for its Chicken Fried Steak and Nut Banana French Toast. The restaurant and its chef & owner Aaron May are a favorite on The Food Network and on the national culinary scene.

The 3,000 sq. ft restaurant will be the fifth Over Easy in the Phoenix area along with locations in Washington and Florida. When it opens the Biltmore location will serve scratch made classic breakfast and lunch fare like the other locations have been doing since 2008.

Over Easy at the Biltmore will be at 2398. E Camelback Rd. (NW corner) Phoenix 85016.

 

TRES Restaurant to open at Discovery Office Park this fall

As restaurants continue to open in the Phoenix area rarely do you see a chef driven restaurant venture to open inside an office park. The owners of TRES Restaurant may be starting a new trend as they will open their restaurant this fall in Tempe’s Discovery Office Park off Loop 101 & Guadalupe Rd.

Most office park food are grab and go for coffee, breakfast and lunch and close after the lunch rush. TRES will be extending the day and expect office workers, neighbors and foodies to come by for lunch and dinner by offering fresh and vibrant quick bites and full meals.

Executive Chef Steve Zimmerman said, “We are combining traditional and familiar southwestern and Mexican flavors with the light, healthy and popular dishes found in the Mediterranean region. It’s a very unique menu that will appeal to so many of our neighbors’ palates.”

TRES RestaurantTRES Restaurant menu highlights

The menu is inspired by the wood burning oven as the primary method of cooking in the restaurant. The lunch menu at TRES will showcase small, medium and large plates that will include diverse ingredients and foods including….

  • AZ Tepary Bean Hummus with QCOM Olives, local feta, tomato vierge, EVOO, and flatbread ($7)
  • Salmon Gravlax with mustard aioli, arugula, pickled red onion, fried capers, and rustic crackers ($13)
  • Shaved Brussels Sprout Carbonara with bacon, prosciutto, cream, and fried onion streusel ($6)
  • The Reuben Cuban—shaved corned beef, mojo pulled pork, ham, melted swiss, dijionnaise, dill pickles on marble rye $13
  • Chicken El Pastor Torta with Cholula aioli, charred pineapple, avocado and pickled onions ($13)

During dinner small, medium and large plates will also be available with small plates available for sharing and large plates served family style.

      Small plates include:

  • Mediterranean spiced pork wings with honey harissa, goat horn chilis, Point Reyes blue cheese ($10)
  • Wood Fired Albondigas with caramelized mirepoix, pearl mozzarella and tomato marmalade ($8)
  • Blistered Shishito Peppers with chorizo, tajin and cojita cheese ($6)

Medium Plates offer:

  • Spicy Lamb Merguez Sliders with Madras aioli, tobacco onions, mango chutney on a potato roll ($14)
  • Tres Cheese Torte with spicy herbed ricotta, roasted poblano peppers, corn tortillas and salsa verde ($15 or $29 family style)
  • Various flatbreads, including roasted wild mushroom, Sonoran chicken flatbread, pork trifecta flatbread.

Large Plates include:

  • Cedar Plank Citrus Salmon with Argentine red shrimp and asparagus risotto and cranberry vinegar ($23 individual/ $45 family style
  • Spanish Style Chicken Feast with preserved lemon, smashed fingerlings, Mediterranean salsa ($19 individual, $37 family style)
  • Bone-in Ribeye with dry rub spice, bone marrow butter, charred asparagus, house buttermilk onion rings, and TRES steak sauce. ($29 14 oz. individual/ $80 32 oz. family style)

The modern styled restaurant will also offer cheese and boards with house cured charcuterie and a large bar for Happy Hour that will include craft cocktails and a diverse wine and beer list.

TRES Restaurant will be at 7200 S. Price Rd. Tempe. Check the website for updates and an opening date.