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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.

 

Nook Kitchen to host Don Julio cocktail dinner

Wine dinners are pretty common in the restaurant world but the last few years have seen special dinner menus paired with beer and spirits. Tequila has become a popular pairing for dinners and Nook Kitchen in downtown Phoenix is hosting a 5-course Don Julio cocktail dinner on Wed. August 2nd.

The dinner will pair Don Julio tequilas that are aged and rare on some courses with a menu that is inspired by the cuisine of tequilas home state of Jalisco. The menu is as follow…..

First Course:

Grilled nopales and lengua de vaca consume

 

Don Julio Reposado,

Himalayan salt cordial,

kaffir lime oil, cayenne flake

 

Second Course:

Chef LaRosa’s deconstructed Chili Relleno Poblano, Oaxaca queso, tomato chili chutney, tequila pomegranate gastrique

 

Don Julio 70 Clara Anejo,

dry orange curacao, spanish dry vermouth,

blood orange sour

 

Third Course:

Watermelon, tequila & lime shaved ice

 

Fourth Course:

Braised pollo de muslo, maiz de la calle, maseca, mole, frijoles negros a la hoya

Don Julio 1942,

fermented masa, tamrindo,

guanabana liquer, fresh lime

 

Fifth Course:

Mexican inspired chocolate flan cinnamon, cumin, chocolate

house made tepache (traditional Mexican fermented pineapple drink)

 

The cost for the dinner is $55 plus tax and tip per person and will begin at 6p.m.

The downtown Nook Kitchen is the 2nd location of the popular Arcadia restaurant and is house off the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn at 15 E Monroe St, Phoenix. (602)258-1037 http://nookkitchen.com/

 

 

Rockin’ Taco Street Fest returns to Chandler September 16th

In this hectic world we live in some times its better to “Save the Date” if you’re looking to schedule your month of September.  With the return of cooler weather and food festivals circle Saturday September 16th on your calendar. The  6th Annual Rockin’ Taco Street Fest returns to the streets of downtown Chandler with eating competitions, midget wrestling, a tequila tasting, a low rider car show and of course tacos.

Rockin' Taco street fest
All photos of Rockin’ Street Taco Fest courtesy of HDE agency

Two dozen local restaurants will be preparing creative tacos made with fish, shrimp, carne asada, chicken, carnitas, vegetables and more. Chase your tacos down with a cold cerveza, aqua  fresca and margaritas. Make sure you save room for churros, elote and palettas.

Live entertainment and participating restaurants will be announced soon as final plans are being made.  To get updates you can check out http://www.rockintacoaz.com/

Rockin’ Taco Street Fest tickets

The festival starts at 12;00 p.m. and runs through 9:00 p.m. with General Admission tickets available in advance, online for $10 and $12 at the gate. Bring non-perishable food donation for the United food Bank and save $2 with purchase at the door. Food and drink sold separately.

A limited supply of VIP tickets are available on-line only for $75. VIP access include 6 alcoholic drink tickets, unlimited water and soft drinks, catered food from Chandler’s El Palacio Restaurant and Cantina, private seating and restrooms and more. VIP admission is only for 21 and over.

Donation to Downtown Chandler Community Partnership

Part of the proceeds from Rockin’ Taco Street Fest will go to the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership(DCCP), a non-profit corporation to help leadership and use of  resources to promote and market downtown Chandler as a regional hub for shopping, dining, living, culture and the arts.

The Fest will take place at Dr. AJ Chandler Park at 178 E. Commonwealth Ave.

 

A relaxing all day Cinco de Mayo at Sierra Bonita Grill

Cinco de Mayo celebrations come in all shapes and sizes on Friday May 5th and not everybody wants shots of tequila, loud music or parties in to early Saturday morning. Some prefer to celebrate with a relaxing lunch, a refreshing margarita or an after work Happy Hour with friends or co-workers. If that’s your plan continue reading about what central Phoenix’s Sierra Bonita Grill is serving up.

A Cinco de Mayo margarita

Cinco de Mayo Margaritas

Starting at 11 a.m. SBG will be offering their popular Fresh Squeezed Margarita and Pomegranate Margarita for only $5 until they close. These thirst quenching margaritas are made with tequila, fresh squeezed lime juice, a splash orange juice, orange liqueur, house made sweet and sour mix, agave nectar and PAMA liquor.

Lunch and extended Happy Hour

Lunch goes well with margaritas and SBG is serving up 5 tempting lunch specials for $12 until 3 p.m. Guests can choose from Jalapeño Chicken Pasta, Green Onion, Spinach and Cheese Enchiladas served with rice and beans, Chicharron and Potato Taquitos, Red Chile Pork Tostadas, and a Green Chile-Chicken Quesadilla.

If you can’t get in early for lunch SBG is extending their Happy Hour from 3 p.m. until closing. in the bar with cocktails, appetizers and entree items available for $7. Signature cocktails such as Miguel’s Mule, Sangria or the Daiquiri Anos will be available along with dishes that include Carne Asada Street Tacos, a Sonoran Hot Dog and Borracho Nachos.

Sierra Bonita Grill is at 6933 N. 7th St., Phoenix, Ariz., 85014. 602-264-0700 http://www.sierrabonitagrill.com/

 

 

La Bocca Urban Kitchen + Wine Bar and Modern Margarita opens in downtown Chandler

Downtown Chandler continues to become a dining destination in the southeast valley as La Bocca Urban Kitchen + Wine Bar and its sister restaurant Modern Margarita brings its pizza, tacos, cocktails and tequilas to the former Coach & Willie’s space on the SE corner of Chandler Blvd. and Boston St. last week. I had the opportunity to preview menu items and cocktails from both restaurants and enjoyed everything.

Modern Marg mural 20160812_134848The restaurants combined account for 6,000 sq. ft. and will share the same kitchen but will have separate street front entrances and have its own identity with individual menus, decor and ambiance. This is the 3rd location for La Bocca Urban Kitchen and 2nd Modern Margarita in the Phoenix area for Mill Avenue Management Group. Both menus are under the direction of head chef Jared Cummings

La bocca urban Kitchen + wine Bar

La Bocca’s menu is full of Mediterranean styled food favorites including Hummus, Charcuterie & Antipasti boards, 10 Bruschetta to choose from and lets not forget the 10 different pizzas including Chicken Pesto, Autumn Garden, Truffled Mushroom , Margherita and more.

La bocca pizza 20160812_130705The beverage program at La Bocca gets as much attention as the food does with over 12 craft cocktails & sangria, wines flights from around the world, 30+ whiskies by the glass and the new house made Cellos.

Daily Happy hour and Daily specials

Sip on drinks at La Bocca’s daily Happy Hour from 3-6:30pm with $5 off glasses of wine and $2 off draft beers and single call spirits. There are daily specials including “Sunday Funday and Monday” with selected bottles of wine 1/2 off, “Mixology Monday” with all craft cocktails $2 off and “Whiskey Wednesday” with $2 off all whiskies. www.laboccapizzeria.com

Hours at La Bocca are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. & Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Modern Margarita

Tequila cocktails and Margaritas are the name of the game, literally at Modern Margarita with more than 60 premium tequilas available for mixing or sipping. The award winning Margaritas are made with fresh juices, pure ingredients and innovative flavors that include the Sandia Rita( tequila, watermelon syrup, pineapple juice and more) and Up in Smoke (tequila, barrel smoked maple syrup and house sour mix). Frozen margaritas, beers in the can, bottle & on tap and a few wines are also available.

Moder Marg Taco 20160812_142140Modern Margarita has earned multiple awards for their street tacos on the Phoenix food festival scene and uses seasonal ingredients on both its food and cocktail menu. Other menu items include house made salsa and guacamole, Ultimate Green Chile Burger, Carne Asada Tostada and more. www.modernmargarita.com

Hours at Modern Margarita are Sunday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

 

 

 

 

Paul Martin’s American Grill rolls out lighter summer menu dishes & cocktails

Crudite photo by Bob Hodson
Crudite photo by Bob Hodson
Lighter eating is on the menu for the summer at Paul Martin’s American Grill in Scottsdale. The addition of lighter, healthier & locally sourced vegetable dishes include Starters such as Vegetable Summer Roll for $11 is combination of crunchy vegetables, mint and avocado with sweet chili sauce and for the summer soup fan, Chicken Tortilla Soup($9) comes with an avocado- poblano salsa, crispy tortillas and cilantro.
Veggie Roll photo by Bob Hodson
Veggie Roll photo by Bob Hodson
New entrees are on both the lunch and dinner menu and include The Warm Quinoa Bowl ($12 L/ $14 D) comes topped with Savoy spinach, tomato relish, mushrooms and summer vegetables & the Mesquite Grilled Chile Rellino ($15 L / $17 D) is stuffed with vegetables and cheese then drizzled with a roasted red pepper cream sauce.
Grilled Mahi photo by Bob Hodson
Grilled Mahi photo by Bob Hodson
On the dinner menu is the Grilled Mahi ($28) with baby bok choy, tomato relish and lemon. Seasonal vegetables are also available on the side for $6 and include Grilled Baby Bok Choy with lemon and olive oil, Sugar Snap Peas with Shitake mushrooms, ginger and garlic and Elote Corn on the Cob topped with chili aoili and Cotija cheese.
Corralejo Strawberry Splash photo by Bob Hodson
Corralejo Strawberry Splash photo by Bob Hodson
A couple of refreshing cocktails have also been added including The Corralejo Strawberry Splash comes shaken with strawberry infused blanco tequila, Cointreau liqueur, muddled strawberries, house made cane syrup and fresh lemon juice. The Cucumber Refresher is a blend of Effen Cucumber vodka, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, muddled cucumber, basil, fresh squeezed lemon juice and soda water. Both cocktails are $13.

Paul Martin’s American Grill is located at 6186 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85253. 480-991-9342 www.paulmartinsamericangrill.com

National Tequila Day is this Sunday 7/24 and Macayo’s, Z’Tejas & Taco Guild are celebrating.

Arizona Sunset
Tequila sure has come a long way since our college days of doing shots to get the night started and now it has it’s own day to celebrate as this Sunday July 24th is National Tequila Day and to celebrate several Phoenix area restaurants are celebrating……here are a few of my picks.

All Phoenix area Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen’s will be celebrating all day with guests being able to create their own unique Margarita for $8.00. Macayo’s skilled bartenders will make your margarita after you’ve chosen your favorite…Tequila(1800 Reposado, Don Julio Blanco, Partida Blanco or Sauza Blue Reposado), flavor(Desert Pear, Mango, Peach, Pineapple, Strawberry) and float(Cointreau, Ginger Beer, Grand Marnier). www.Macayo.com
Ztejas
Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill 5 Phoenix area locations will be offering their signature Margaritas from 3-5pm for $5. Margaritas available….6th St. Margarita, Chambord Margarita, Hard Day Margarita, Skinny Girl Margarita, Skinny Cucumber Mule and the Tejas Mule. Z’Tejas also celebrates Tequila Tuesdays with 1/2 off all Tequila drinks except Happy hour prices. www.ztejas.com
Taco Guild
Central Phoenix’s Taco Guild will have Happy Hour from 2pm – closing and will include $5 1893 Margaritas. Other Tequila cocktails will be available all day including Founder’s Guayaba cocktail made with Herradura Double Barrel Reposado tequila and their These Boots Are Made For Oaxacan made with Peligroso Anejo tequila. Taco Guild is at 546 East Osborn Road in Phoenix. 602.264.4143 www.tacoguild.com.