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Doughbird Pizza & Rotisserie, the latest brand from Valley restaurateur Sam Fox, opens today on the southwest corner of 44th Street and Indian School in Arcadia.

It’s the 16th brand from the prolific Fox, whose others include True Food Kitchen, Zinburger, Culinary Dropout, and Olive & Ivy.

Eleven Doughbird pizzas, ranging from $14-$16, include Bacon & Truffled Eggs, Barbeque Beef with charred corn and jalapeño pesto, and Brussels Sprout with sweet potato, bacon, and pistachios.

The rotisserie offers free-range chicken ($17 half-bird, $24 whole), prime rib ($27-$33), and seafood (market price). There also are five salads and four sandwiches. See menu.

Like most Fox concepts, the bar has craft beer (draft and bottle), wine (glass, carafe, bottle) and specialty cocktails.

Hours are 11:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

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Lucky Lou’s American Grill, a Vegas-themed neighborhood grill and sports bar, has opened its third East Valley location on the southwest corner of Power and Chandler Heights in Queen Creek.

The menu features Bugsy’s Burgers ($8.99-$10.50), Jackpot Sandwiches ($7.99-$9.99), Front Line Salads ($9.99-$15.99), and Full House Entrees ($9.99-$17.99).

The full bar offers 17 beers on tap.

In a soft opening, the venue opened at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Beginning today, though, it moves to its regular hours, opening at 11 a.m. daily.

The first Lucky Lou’s opened in northeast Mesa in 2004. A Chandler location was launched in 2009.

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Rania’s Kabob Grill, a three-year-old Afghani restaurant on the northwest corner of Higley and Baseline in Gilbert, closed its doors Saturday night.

As its name suggests, Rania’s specialized in kabobs (also spelled kebobs) – fire-grilled skewers of marinated beef, chicken (pictured), lamb, and shrimp.

The restaurant opened in February 2014.

According to a notice on the restaurant’s Facebook page, the owners plan to open a burgers-and-beer concept called on Warner, just west of Arizona, in Chandler.

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MXSW Weekend Guide for March 24-26

BY Jess Harter Friday, March 24, 2017

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Great American BBQ & Beer Festival

The eighth annual Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival returns to downtown Chandler from noon-10 p.m. Saturday. Highlights include three stages of country music, 60 BBQ pit masters, craft beer, March Madness lounge, grilling demonstrations, a kids zone, eating competitions and more than 100 exhibitors. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate.

Goat roast party at The Brass Tap

The Brass Tap at Mesa Riverview celebrates the Chicago Cubs’ 2016 World Series win with a goat roast in the craft beer bars parking lot at 4 p.m. today. Get a pint of Huss Magic in the Ivy and a bowl of teriyaki goat over pineapple and rice for $20. There also will be special tappings and prize raffles.

Lobsterpalooza at Gilbert Feastival

A rare co-appearance by the Cousins Maine Lobster and The Maine Lobster Lady will highlight the 18-truck lineup at this week’s Gilbert Feastival food truck roundup from 5:30-9 p.m. today on the southwest corner of Val Vista and Warner. Admission is free.

My Nana’s Salsa Challenge in Phoenix

More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the 33rd annual My Nana’s Salsa Challenge from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Steele Indian School Park in north Phoenix. More than 90 contestants will compete in hot, mild, and “anything goes!” categories.

50% off poke bowls at Ahipoki in Tempe

Get 50% off poke bowls as Ahipoki Bowl celebrates the grand opening of its new Tempe location (on Rural, between Apache and University) from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. The first 20 people in line will win 20 free bowl coupons for future visits.

Free burritos at Boca Taqueria in Gilbert

Get a free bean and cheese burrito from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday when Boca Taqueria holds a grand-opening party for its Gilbert location on the northwest corner of Higley and Baseline. In addition, there will be $2 house margaritas and $2 draft beers.

Food & Photo Night at Nishikawa Ramen

From 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Nishikawa Ramen on the southwest corner of Cooper and Ray in Chandler will be giving away free sodas and two-for-one import beers to all groups who allow the restaurant to use their photo on social media.

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Flancer’s in Mesa will hold the restaurant’s 17th annual charity pizza-eating contest at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 9.

The annual event is a fundraiser for Warfighter Sports, Sunshine Acres Children’s home, and Jewish Family & Children’s Services.

Last year, the restaurant raised $30,000.

The first contestant to eat two large cheese pizzas will receive a $250 cash prize and be crowned by the reigning Miss Arizona.

Cost to enter is $25 and includes a 2017 Flancer’s pizza t-shirt, pizza, and drink.

Although there a few serious contestants, most compete for fun and simply to support the charities. To sign up, call Flancer’s 480-396-0077.

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1. The eighth annual Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival returns to Dr. A.J. Chandler Park in downtown Chandler from noon-10 p.m. Saturday.

2. More than 60 BBQ and food vendors will serve more than 20,000 pounds of smoked meats. Other food options will include brats, hot dogs, corn dogs, fry bread, churros, ice cream, and more.

3. Downtown Chandler’s SanTan Brewing will provide more than 200 kegs of craft beer.

4. Festival activities will include live country music, a March Madness lounge, grilling demonstrations, a kids zone, eating competitions, mechanical bull riding, lawn games, and 100-plus exhibitors.

5. General admission is $15 online or $20 at the gate. Children 12 years and younger are free. Food and beverages are sold separately.

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Boca Taqueria, which opened a second location on the northwest corner of Higley and Baseline in Gilbert last month, officially will celebrate its grand opening Saturday.

From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Boca will be giving away free bean and cheese burritos. In addition, there will be $2 house margaritas and $2 draft beers. Fresh roasted chiles can be purchased for $1 per bag.

There also will be face-painting for children, and the Hot Cookie Truck will be serving pizzookies.

The event will include neighboring businesses Fresche and FitnessWorks. From 8-11 a.m., Fresche will be giving away free mini protein shakes and the gym will have coupons and giveaways.

Boca’s original location opened in north Mesa in 2015.

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In a rematch of last year’s World Series, the Chicago Cubs face the Cleveland Indians in a Cactus League game in Mesa on Friday.

In honor of the Cubs’ Series win last November – which broke the franchise’s 107-year-old ‘‘Curse of the Billy Goat’’ – The Brass Tap at Mesa Riverview is holding an ‘‘I Ain’t Afraid of No Goat’’ party.

The highlight will be two goats roasted in the parking for a post-game street party. You’ll get a pint of Huss Magic in the Ivy and a bowl of teriyaki goat over pineapple and rice for $20.

Other beers on tap will include:

  • Bell’s Hopslam double IPA
  • Lagunitas High West-ified imperial coffee stout
  • Huss barrel-aged Koffee Kolsch
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
  • 12 West/Oro Cubs Way Kolsch

A silent auction of two Goose Island corn hole boards will raise money for the family of late Valley brewer Ian Campbell-O’ Neill.

There also will be a raffle of Cubs gear and ticket giveaways for the Great American BBQ & Beer Fest on Saturday. (Note: Auction and raffles are cash-only).

Doors will open at 10 a.m. for pre-game festivities. The Cactus League game starts at 1:05 p.m. at nearby Sloan Park.

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Friday: Lobsterpalooza at Gilbert Feastival food truck roundup

BY Jess Harter Thursday, March 23, 2017

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In a rare crustacean-centric convergence, the weekly Gilbert Feastival will be the site of Lobsterpalooza from 5:30-9 p.m. Friday on the southwest corner of Val Vista and Warner.

This week’s truck lineup includes both Cousins Maine Lobster and The Maine Lobster Lady (pictured). While the former works Valley streets year-round, the latter heads back to Maine every April.

Friday’s 18-truck lineup also will include The American Poutine Co., Chicken & Waffles for the People, My Way Tacos, and Oh So Good Mini Donuts.

Admission to Feastival is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs – and even a table – if they want.

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Harvey American Public House in Gilbert to close Saturday

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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Harvey American Public House, a neighborhood-centric bar and grill in Gilbert, will close Saturday night after nearly five years in business.

It made the announcement Wednesday on Facebook:

Sadly, Harvey American will be closing on March 25th at 12am. Please come in this week to wish our wonderful staff well. Be sure to speak to Paul. Thank you, HAPH Family. We will miss you all.

Harvey American Public House opened in June 2012 on the northwest corner of Val Vista and Williams Field. The menu featured burgers, sandwiches, pastas, ribs, and steaks.

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