Across the Pond to take over space vacated by Central Wine

The owners of Clever Koi and soon to open Fellow Osteria wasted no time when neighbor Central Wine closed to start working on cocktail bar Across the Pond. Slated to open in the fall Across the Pond will be an intimate cocktail bar that features 10 unique custom cocktails, Japanese whiskey, craft beers and wine.

Partners Nicholas Campisano and Joshua James have the designed space to give the bar a  “tropical mid-century modern” look.

“We’ve been looking to add a cocktail bar to the B&R portfolio for a while now, and had been looking all over the Melrose district,” James says, “But we always kept an eye on the Central Wine space. So when the previous tenant’s lease came up, it worked out great for both parties.”

Across the Pond bites and drinks menu

Traditional Japanese sushi (no rolls), bar bites and omakase a.k.a. “chef’s choice” dishes will be served from Clever Koi. The three types of fish used for sushi and omakase  will be sourced from local fish monger Chula Seafood.

James will create a cocktail menu with handcrafted selections that will emphasis Japanese whiskey and served in traditional highball style.

The name, James emphasizes Across The Pond is not a British-style pub, but a casual cocktail bar with Asian accents. “‘The Pond’ was always our nickname for Clever Koi on Central, so it was obvious to name it, Across The Pond.”

The 35 seat bar will be open Wednesday – Saturday from 4:00 p.m. til midnight. Across the Pond is at 4236 N. Central Ave. Phoenix 85012.

Clever Koi partners to open Italian concept at Scottsdale’s Skysong

It’s good to see when successful restaurateurs plant their flag in re-vitalized neighborhoods, especially if you live in one of those neighborhoods. That’s been the case in my backyard the last year in south Scottsdale, specifically on the Skysong campus.

Born & Raised partners Joshua James & Nicholas Campisano

The public private partnership at McDowell & Scottsdale roads has seen the opening of Bitters Bar & Food, an original concept and the third location of New York Bagels & Bialys. Come September they will be joined by Fellow, an osteria & cocktail bar  from the team that’s brought us Clever Koi.

Fellow at Skysong

The all day hang out spot will cater to guests that will want to dine-in on pizza, pasta, salads and cocktails along with those on the run that want to grab n go breakfast and premium coffee drinks. The custom designed 5,000 square feet restaurant is expected to be enjoyed by office workers at Skysong along with residents from surrounding neighborhoods.

This is the third restaurant for the newly founded Born & Raised Hospitality and its partners Joshua James and Nicholas Campisano after their two Clever Koi’s in Phoenix and Gilbert. James known for his mixology skills behind the bar will craft the cocktail menu and build craft beer and around the world wine list.

With high ceilings and communal space Fellow is being designed by architects Local Studio who designed the first Clever Koi in central Phoenix. The design highlight will be a big wooden cube over the bar where 3-D Arizona landscapes of iconic Arizona locations.

With a few months before opening there are always unknowns about certain details at Fellow but on thing is for sure they will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

Updated: Clever Koi brings Asian style cuisine and cocktails to Gilbert on Nov. 11th

Update: Opening is set for Friday, November 11th.

One of Phoenix’s favorite Asian style restaurants is bringing it’s classic Asian dishes with modern twists and craft cocktails to downtown Gilbert as Clever Koi announced it will open in September. Clever Koi’s new location will be housed in the bricked Heritage Marketplace building where Gilbert Rd. meets Vaughn Ave.

photo courtesy of Clever Koi
photo courtesy of Clever Koi

Modern decor

The new restaurant will have a modern Asian decor with large glass windows, an open floor plan for the dining room and bar and a sliding glass door leading to the outdoor patio along Gilbert Ave. The exposition kitchen will allow customer to see and smell the aromas of executive chef Jared Porter’s Asian creations. The decor will have Asian style accents along with modern colors showing off Gilbert’s rustic roots. Custom tile art installations will be made by Matt Noakes of Rain Made Design in Phoenix.

Cuisine and Cocktails

Chef Porter’s menu will include the bold flavors of Asian style rice bowls, house made dumplings, steamed buns, noodles and more. The seasonal menu incorporates flavors, styles and cooking techniques found in countries such as Thailand, China, Korea, Vietnam and beyond. To compliment the flavorful food Clever Koi’s Beverage Director/Partner Joshua James will duplicate his award-winning cocktails including classic Tiki drinks and cocktails such as Paloma and Pimm’s Cup.

Happy Hour

Happy Hour will be available daily from 3-6pm and will offer specially priced food & drinks including The Koi Burger and Pork ramen among other dishes. To cool you palate at Happy Hour cold draft beers will be $4, $7 wines by the glass and your choice of 15 cocktails at $7.

Stay tuned for details about the opening and check www.thecleverkoi.com for up to the minute information.

Clever Koi in Gilbert will be at 384 N. Gilbert Rd. #101 480-284-7529 and will be opened Sun – Thurs 11am- 9pm, Fri and Sat 11am -12 midnight with Brunch on Sat & Sun 11am – 3pm.

Clever Koi to host “Dine Out for C-CAP” benefiting aspiring chefs on Tues. June 16th.

Clever Koi
This Tuesday June 14th is when central Phoenix’s Clever Koi will host the “Dine Out for C-CAP” fundraiser from 5pm- close. 10% of proceeds from Tuesday evenings sales will be donated to C-CAP www.ccapinc.org a national organization that assists at risk youths with preparation & scholarships for college when they study culinary arts and prepares them for careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

The hip modern Clever Koi’s executive chef Jared Porter is an alumni of C_CAP and looks forward to giving back to the program. Information will be available for diners about C-CAP and why it’s so important to the culinary industry.

Clever Koi 4236 N Central Ave #100 Phoenix, AZ 85012 (602)-222-3474 thecleverkoi.com