Good Time Charli’s, a bar and grill with plans to offer live music seven days a week, opens at 10 a.m. today on the southwest corner of Kyrene and Chandler Boulevard in west Chandler.

It takes over the strip-mall space that formerly was home to Beef O’Brady’s and, before that, the Regal Beagle and, before that, Hitts sports bar.

Charli is owner Charlene ‘‘Charli’’ Tarango Hopewell, who’s a locally known singer and musician, a personal trainer, and a bartender.

She’s partnering with former boss and mentor Jolie Boucher, owner of Jolie’s Place, another Chandler bar and grill.

Good Time Charli’s 4,000-square-foot interior has been extensively remodeled, including a new bar top with pennies under acrylic, 21 large TVs, and a large raised stage.

There’s also a 500-square-foot courtyard patio on the shady north side.

The kitchen features a standard pub-grub menu of burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, and tacos.

The bar has 26 taps for beers and another six dispensing wine and margaritas.

Good Time Charli’s is open from 10 a.m.-2 a.m. daily.

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BY Jess Harter Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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BY Jess Harter Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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Romeo’s Euro Cafe in Gilbert holds its weekly ‘‘Taste of Romeo’s’’ dinner, hosted by chef Romeo Taus and his wife, Janice, in a private dinning room, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

This week’s menu of rotating selections from the restaurant’s regular menu:

  • Mezzogiorno: Roasted red peppers, peas, artichoke hearts, and fresh mozzarella cheese in a pesto Dijon vinaigrette.
  • Janice’s Kale Salad: Shredded kale, carrots, peppadew peppers, green onions, craisins, mushrooms, and roasted almonds tossed in a creamy honey Dijon dressing. With herbed goat cheese fritter.
  • Chicken Veneto: Chicken breast, whole black peppercorns, capers, spring onion, mushrooms, and garlic in Marsala cream sauce.
  • Spicy Putanesca: Grilled chicken breast and Italian sausage with sautéed black peppercorns, capers, pine nuts, kalamatas, scallions, and roasted garlic in basil-roasted and fresh tomato anchovy sauce.
  • Intoxicated Love: Dark chocolate, Grand Marnier, milk chocolate, and Kahlua, white and milk chocolate layers kissed by Jack Daniels.

Cost is $27 per person plus tax and tip. Add five wine tastes for $10. RSVP: 480-962-4224.

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Food and drink options for travelers at Phoenix Sky Harbor just keep getting better and better.

The latest addition? OHSO Eatery and Brewery, which will open in a post-security space in Terminal 2 in September, according to owner Jon Lane.

Because the kitchen is so small, it will offer a simplified version of the menu available at OHSO locations in Arcadia, Paradise Valley, and north Scottsdale.

But Lane says the bar will have 24 beers on tap, many of them locals. Spirits will include OHSO’s plus other brands.

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The Halal Guys, the famous street carts that have been selling Middle Eastern food in New York City for 25 years, are coming to the Valley.

According to AZ Central, an investment group plans to open 15 bricks-and-mortar restaurants in Arizona over the next five years.

The first will open in the former ASU bookstore on Rural, between Apache and University, around the first of the year.

Other Valley locations are in the works for Gilbert, Scottsdale, Tucson, and Phoenix.

The Halal Guys, who debuted in 1990, serve gyro meat, falafel, and chicken either in a platter or wrapped up in pita bread. Their signature dish is a chicken platter.

The three founding partners started with just a hot dog cart on West 53rd Street and Sixth Avenue in New York City. Today, they operate five street carts and two restaurants in NYC.

The founders announced franchising opportunities last year and sold more than 200 worldwide in less than a year.

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Gilbert-based Salad and Go has announced yet another Valley location: On the northeast corner of Litchfield and Bell in Surprise in the West Valley. It’s scheduled to open in early 2017.

That likely would make it the drive-through salad shop’s ninth location, assuming openings go as planned for Mesa locations on the northeast corner of Alma School and Southern (October) and northeast corner of Power and Broadway (December/January).

Salad and Go currently has three locations open in Gilbert, one in Mesa, one in northeast Phoenix, and one in Tolleson.

A tentative Chandler site is in the rezoning process.

Roushaun Cristofellis and her husband launched the concept in 2013 as a healthy alternative to the fast-food drive-throughs in their neighborhood.

Salad and Go’s menu offers 10 gourmet salads (or wraps) created by Bourbon Steak chef Daniel Patino. The breakfast menu has egg-white burritos, quinoa bowls, and power wraps.

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Monday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

BY Jess Harter Monday, August 29, 2016

  • Baja Joe’s: $6 stuffed burgers all day; $5 burger and beer after 5 p.m. (cantina only).
  • The Brass Tap: Military and first responders get 25% off entire bill. Team trivia at 7 p.m. with a chance to win a $10-$30 gift cards.
  • Fibber Magees: $6 all hamburgers; $4 Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
  • Floridino’s Pizza & Pasta: Get a large two-topping pizza (pictured), large tossed salad, and order of breadsticks with cheese for $17.50 from 4-8 p.m.; seniors get buy-one-get-one-free discount all night.
  • Hungry Monk: $11.50 all-you-can-eat wings; $2.50 Blue Moon pints.
  • Jimmy & Joe’s Pizzeria: Buy dozen wings, get second dozen for $2; 16-inch pizzas for $14.95 (up to 3 free toppings); buy any pizza, get second pizza of equal or less value for $5 ($12 for Big Jimmy).
  • El Palacio: $4 Gold Cadillac margarita, fruit margarita, or 20-ounce margarita.
  • La Ristra New Mexican Kitchen: $5 house margaritas; free kids meal with purchase of adult entree.
  • My Wine Cellar: $10 wine flights (pick any three from by-the-glass menu)
  • Nicantoni’s Pizza: $1 off manicotti, meatballs (with spaghetti or in sub), Malibu, and Merlot.
  • Serrano’s Mexican Restaurants: Chicken, red or green beef chimi with drink for $7.49 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Social Box Neighborhood Eatery: Kids (10 & under) eat free with paid adult.
  • Zappone’s Italian Bistro: $5.99 spaghetti and house-made meatballs with salad from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

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The Hungry Monk in Chandler celebrates its sixth anniversary Saturday with a slew of customer-appreciation specials.

The all-day deals include $2 sliders, $2 tacos, and $3 craft beer pints.

Owners Jim and Carol Lolli opened a franchise of Cincinnati-based Buffalo Wings & Rings on the northeast corner of Dobson and Chandler Boulevard in Chandler in 2008.

Two years later, they left the chain and rebranded the restaurant and craft beer bar as The Hungry Monk. (You can read the full backstory here.)

Starting when doors open at 11 a.m. Saturday, food and drink specials will include:

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Distributors have donated prizes for a raffle that will raise money for Dignity Health Cancer Centers at Chandler Regional and Gilbert Mercy hospitals.

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Cuisine & Wine Bistro, named the top wine bar in Arizona earlier this year, will celebrate the grand opening of its new south Chandler location from 3-8 p.m. Sunday.

It takes over the former Cork (and later Earnest) space on the northeast corner of Alma School and Chandler Heights.

Chef Fabrice Buschtetz and his wife, Mairead (pictured above), launched Cuisine & Wine after buying the former MWC Bistro in Gilbert last year.

The Chandler location will have the same menu of Buschtetz’s modern twist on traditional French cuisine.

Only an appetizer and drink menu will be available for Sunday’s grand-opening party.

The Chandler location will open for regular business (with its full menu) at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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