OHSO Brewery, Creamistry are latest additions coming to downtown Gilbert

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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OHSO Eatery + NanoBrewery, the hugely popular brew pub that launched in Arcadia in 2011, is joining the rush of restaurants and bars to busy downtown Gilbert. Its fourth location will be located on the northeast corner of Gilbert and Vaughn, across the street from Zinburger and north of the soon-to-open Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row.

Each new OHSO has brought something a little different. The Scottsdale location, which opened in 2014, is OHSO Eatery + Distillery (it also has 30 beers on tap) and the Paradise Valley location, launched in 2015, features a two-story brewhouse and a games-filled yard. No word yet on what the Gilbert location will include.

Also coming to downtown Gilbert: Creamistry, a California-based concept that uses liquid nitrogen to make several kinds of ice cream. Its fourth Valley location will share OHSO’s building.

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Tempe landmark Minder Binders, which reopened in 2014 after sitting vacant for nine years, is up for sale again. The asking price? $4.95 million.

The iconic two-story red barn on the northeast corner of McClintock and University was a popular nightlife destination for three decades before abruptly closing in 2005.

The building eventually was bought by the owners of San Tan Flat in Queen Creek and, after two years of extensive renovations, reopened as The Mission @ Minder Binder. (It later was renamed yet again as San Tan Flat @ Minder Binder.)

The exterior was completely changed to a Santa Fe-style motif, but the interior features a careful and faithful restoration of its city-themed wood booths and eclectic memorabilia decorating the walls and ceiling.

Prime Dine Brokers has the details on the sales listing here.

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Pizza Pie Cafe expanding to Superstition Springs mall in east Mesa

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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Pizza Pie Cafe, an Idaho-based chain of pizza-and-pasta buffets that made its Arizona debut in Gilbert in 2015, is opening a second location next month at the Superstition Springs Center mall in east Mesa. It’s taking over the former Ruby Tuesday’s space between T.J. Maxx and Dillard’s.

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Crab & Mermaid launches Valley’s newest food truck Wednesday

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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Crab & Mermaid, the new seafood concept from the Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers people, will debut a food truck at the Russo & Steele collector automobile auction, which starts today at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. Three items will be on the menu: Clam chowder, lobster rolls (pictured), and poke bowls.

The Old Town Scottsdale restaurant, which opened last March, also plans to send the truck to the Street Eats Food Truck Festival at Salt River Fields on Feb. 11-12 as well as spring-training baseball games.

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Post image for Female brewers gather Wednesday to create another collabrew for AZ Beer Week

Female brewers from around the state will meet at Barrio Brewing in Tucson on Wednesday to brew a limited-release double IPA called State Bird. The beer will be released during Arizona Beer Week (Feb. 9-18) with proceeds going to four women’s charities: the Sojourner Center in Phoenix, the Northland Family Help Center in Flagstaff, Wings for Women in Tucson, and the Prescott Area Women’s Shelter.

Last year, the women brewed the state’s first all-female collaboration, a red IPA called She’s So Hop, at Huss Brewing in Tempe (pictued) to benefit the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. Like She’s So Hop, State Bird will be available at breweries and bars throughout the state.

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Now open: Rehab Burger Therapy off Mill Avenue in downtown Tempe

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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Rehab Burger Therapy, which has racked up a slew of best-burger awards since opening in Scottsdale in 2012, has added a second location in downtown Tempe. It takes over the former Bison Witches Bar & Deli on Sixth Street, about a half-mile east of Mill.

Check out the 19 specialty burgers and everything else on the menu, as well as the happy hour specials. Rehab opens at 11 a.m. daily.

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Post image for Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row announces opening date for Gilbert: Feb. 27

The Valley’s third Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, originally scheduled to open in downtown Gilbert in mid-2016, finally has announced its opening date: Monday, Feb. 27.

The 8,700 square-foot restaurant and bar, being built on the southeast corner of Gilbert and Vaughn, will be Whiskey Row’s largest location and include a stage for live music, a large dance floor, a sprawling patio with cornhole and ping-pong, and 50 beers on tap.

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It’s Taco Tuesday! Here are today’s East Valley taco deals

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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El Palacio: $1.50 tacos & $3 Mexican draft beers

Baja’s Joe’s Mexican Cantina: $2 tacos

The Hungry Monk: $2 tacos (fillings change weekly)

Ocotillo Golf Resort: $2 carne asada or chicken adobado tacos (pictured above) & $4 house margaritas after 6 p.m.

Social Box Neighborhood Eatery: Buy one Taco Trio, get a second for $6.

La Fonda: 99-cent tacos; $2 Dos Equis lager cans

Cogburn’s: $1 chicken or beef street tacos

Devil’s Advocate: $1 tacos; $1 domestic pints from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Los Taquitos: $1 tacos

Jolie’s Place: $1 tacos from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Los Taquitos: $1 carnitas, pastor, and chicken tacos

Rancho de Tia Rosa: With purchase of any beverage, get $1 Tijuana Tacos, $1 rice or beans, $1 chips and salsa in the cantina/bar area

Backyard Taco: $1.49 tacos from 2-10 p.m.

JoyrideTaco House: $2 tacos & $5 margaritas from 2 p.m.-close

AZ Wilderness Brewing: $2 house pork tacos and a weekly specialty taco (price varies)

Sandbar: $2 tacos; $2 Dos Equis; $4 house margaritas

Philly’s Sports Bar & Grill: $2 Rocky Point tacos & $3 domestic pints

Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen: $2 tacos & tostadas at the bar or on patio

Someburros: $2 shredded beef, shredded chicken, or ground beef-and-potato tacos

Isabel’s Amor: $2 street tacos

America’s Taco Shop Chandler: $2 tacos

Dos Gringos: $3 for two chicken and chorizo or shredded beef tacos; $3 for two crispy tacos; $4 for two tostadas; $4 monster tacos

Blasted Barley: $3 fish or house tacos, $3 Mexican beers & $5 margaritas

24 Carrots: Buy 4 tacos, get the 5th one free

SoCal Fish Taco Co.: Buy any taco plate, get another for half-price

Tortilla Fish: Buy 2 tacos or quesadilla, get a third one free

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Post image for Cogburn’s opens 3rd location today in former House of Brews space in Gilbert

Barring a last-minute complication, Cogburn’s will open its third location at 5 p.m. today in the former House of Brews space on the southeast corner of Cooper and Warner in Gilbert.

Cogburn’s, a country-themed sports bar, debuted in 2011, taking over Payton’s Place on the southwest corner of Val Vista and Queen Creek in Gilbert.

It opened a second location on the southeast corner of Power and Ray in Mesa in 2014.

The new location’s 5,200 square feet have been extensively remodeled to match the other two. For example, the open kitchen has been closed off so nine TVs could be mounted behind the bar.

The 49 beer taps have been reduced to 22, half of which will feature craft beers (although there will be many more in bottles).

‘‘The food menu will be identical,’’ says Ken LaCivita, one of Cogburn’s owners. ‘‘Same beers. Same Jack Daniels.’’

What’s on tap

Charles Eisenstein, general manager of the new location, says the expansion was a catalyst for a menu revamp, which was rolled out at the other two locations last week.

The menu features 13 kinds of over-sized wings, five burgers, three pasta dishes, and 16-inch pizzas.

The bar offers an extensive collection of bourbons and tequilas. A new menu of customized margaritas will debut next week.

Familiar face

Eisenstein, who joined Cogburn’s five months ago, already is familiar with the neighborhood.

“I was an interim GM for a while at House of Brews,” he says. “I saw what this place could be.

‘‘When I first heard it was available, about 8 o’clock one night, I was on the phone to (Cogburn’s owners) by 8:15.’’

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Get free coffee & win prizes Thursday at Press Coffee in south Chandler

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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Press Coffee in south Chandler will celebrate its ‘‘grand opening’’ by giving away free coffee all day Thursday. Doors open at 6:30 a.m.

The local chain also will hold prize drawings at 9 a.m., noon, and 5 p.m.. Prizes include bags of coffee, hydroflasks, and a $10 gift cards.

Press Coffee debuted in Phoenix in 2008 and expanded with stores in Tempe, Scottsdale, and Sky Harbor.

The Chandler location actually opened in October at the Downtown Ocotillo development on Queen Creek Road between Price and Dobson.

Two more stores – at the Motley Apartments in Tempe and the Muse Apartments in Phoenix – are scheduled to open this year.

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