Arizona Wilderness to open downtown Phoenix location

BY Jess Harter Friday, December 15, 2017

AZWildernessPhx121517Arizona Wilderness Brewing, one of Arizona’s most acclaimed craft breweries, is opening a second location in downtown Phoenix.

But don’t plan to visit anytime soon – the location (artist’s rendering shown above) isn’t expected to open until 2019, according to Wilderness co-founder Jon Buford’s announcement on the brewery’s blog.

The new location – on the southeast corner of Second Street and Roosevelt – is described as ‘‘a counter service style burger restaurant serving our own Wilderness beers, Arizona wines and cocktails on draft with a large-scale patio bier garden.’’

It also will sell Wilderness beers in bottles and cans to go.

As for an opening date, Buford writes, ‘‘Spring of 2019 is the objective.’’

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The Kind Bean coffee shop opens in Chandler

BY Jess Harter Friday, December 15, 2017

KindBean121517The Kind Bean, an independent, community-focused coffee and sweets shop, has opened on the northeast corner of McQueen and Pecos in Chandler.

The full-service coffee house features organic coffee drinks, as well as teas, botanical infusions, hot chocolate, and frozen blended drinks.

The food menu offers quick-service breakfast and lunch items, baked goods, gourmet chocolates, and soft-serve ice gelato. See menu.

The Kind Bean is open 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.

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Dec. 15: La Cumbre tap takeover at Flanny’s

BY Jess Harter Friday, December 15, 2017

LaCumbre121517La Cumbre Brewing, arguably New Mexico’s best craft brewery, will be at Flanny’s Bar & Grill in Tempe for a  tap takeover from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15.

Special guest will be Jeff Erway, founder and brewmaster of the Albuquerque brewery, which entered the Arizona market in October.

La Cumbre is best-known for its Elevated IPA, a GABF gold medal winner, and its hoppy Project Dank, a GABF bronze medal winner.

Flanny’s will have a variety of La Cumbre beers on tap, including its seasonal Noche de Paz winter warmer.

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Dec. 19: ‘3rd Tuesday’ dinner at Romeo’s Euro Cafe

BY Jess Harter Thursday, December 14, 2017

RomeosEuroCafe121417Romeo’s Euro Cafe in downtown Gilbert will host its monthly ‘‘3rd Tuesday’’dinner – featuring new food paired with some servers’ favorite wines – at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19.

The three-course dinners feature three new dishes from chef Romeo Taus’ (pictured) creative kitchen crew paired with three wines selected by the knowledgeable waitstaff:

  • Starter: Brown rice, black beans, peppadew peppers, hominy, onions, beets, and snow peas cooked in chicken broth, lightly breaded pan-fried pork cutlets, parsley-cilantro salad, Paired with 2015 Coppo Moncalvina Moscato d’Asti Piedmont, Italy.
  • Main: Smoked pork loin, roasted vegetables, green beans, cauliflower puree, house-pickled cucumbers, fig-pomegranate agrodolce. Paired with 2012 Castell De Raimat Tempranillo
    Costers del Segre, Spain.
  • Finale: Chocolate from Debbie. Paired with 2011 Cellar Pasanau Ceps Nous Priorat, Spain.

Cost is $36 per person plus tax and tip. RSVP: Romeo@EuroCafe.com or 480-962-4224.

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Pedal Haus Brewery to open downtown Phoenix location

BY Jess Harter Thursday, December 14, 2017

Churchill121417Pedal House Brewery in downtown Tempe is opening a taproom this spring at a planned shipping container development in downtown Phoenix.

Called The Churchill, the 14,000-square-foot micro marketplace will be constructed of 19 repurposed shipping containers on the northeast corner of Garfield and First Street.

The containers, which will surround a central courtyard, will be home to 10 restaurants, bars, and shops.

Previously announced tenants include Pobrecito, a new cocktail concept from the team behind Counter Intuitive and Undertow, and Freak Brothers Pizza.

The remaining tenants will be announced in the coming weeks. A grand opening is planned for spring.

Pedal Haus opened in 2015. Its core beers include Haus IPA, American Hoppy Lager, and Bière Blanche wheat beer.

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Republica Empanada closed until Dec. 23 – after ‘DD&D’

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Mesa, AZ

Republica Empanada, which will make an appearance on the Food Network’s ‘‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’’ on Friday, Dec. 22, has closed for 10 days for kitchen renovations.

The small, family-run Latin American eatery in downtown Mesa plans to reopen to the public the day after its ‘‘DD&D’’ debut.

Known for its namesake savory and sweet hand pies, Republica Empanada opened in June 2013 and quickly became one of the gems of the Mesa dining scene.

‘‘DD&D’’ host Guy Fiero and his TV crew visited the restaurant in early October.

Owner Marco Meraz says Republica Empanada’s kitchen renovations are minor but will increase efficiency on busy Friday and Saturday nights.

‘‘We’re just tweaking a few things so it flows better,’’ he says.

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Coming to downtown Chandler: Las Palmas Cantina

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Vintage 95 Chandler AZAfter eight idle months, work finally has begun on a new restaurant and bar taking over the former Vintage 95 building on Boston Street, west of Arizona Avenue, in downtown Chandler.

East Valley restaurateur Julian Wright bought and closed 5-year-old Vintage 95 in April, planning to partner with the owners of Mesa artisan sandwich shop Worth Takeaway on a new northern Italian concept called Equal Parts.

The partnership, however, quickly dissolved, and the space sat empty all summer and fall.

Now, Wright has finalized plans for a replacement concept – a “tropical Mexican’’ bar and restaurant called Las Palmas Cantina.

‘‘We’ll have a combination of tequila and rum drinks made with fresh juices and coastal Mexican fare cooked over a wood grill,’’ he says. ‘‘We’ll also incorporate some South American favorites like ceviche and pisco sours.’’

The interior is being completely gutted to give the space an entirely new look. It will have a front patio, a dining room,  a large bar and bar area, an outdoor dining area, and a raised deck area with a patio bar.

Wright, who also owns Pedal Haus Brewery in downtown Tempe, has launched numerous successful concepts, including The LibraryLa Bocca Urban PizzeriaModern Margarita, and The Handlebar.

Look for Las Palmas Cantina to open in April.

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Dec. 13: Holiday wine dinner at JC’s Steakhouse

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, December 12, 2017

JCsSteakouseInterior061016JC’s Steakhouse in Gilbert takes a trip around the world for its final monthly wine dinner of the year at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13. This month’s pairings feature wines from France, Italy, and New Zealand.

The food-and-wine pairings:

  • 1st course: Ricotta Sopraffina with mango chutney and mascarpone crostini with pear and cranberry. Paired with Le Grand Noir Chardonnay.
  • 2nd course: Mango and chopped mint salad with turkey curry soup. Paired with New Zealand Pinot Noir Rose.
  • 3rd course: Roasted brisket. Paired with Chateau de Carles Bordeaux blend.
  • 4th course: Red velvet cheesecake. Paired with Allegrini Valpolicella Superiore 2013.

Cost is $45 per person. RSVP: 480-306-4545.

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Dec. 16: Prohibition Night party at Good Time Charli’s

BY Jess Harter Monday, December 11, 2017

GoodTimeCharlisGatsby121117Good Time Charli’s in Chandler celebrates the 84th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition with a trip back to the Roaring Twenties from 6 p.m.-close  Saturday, Dec. 16.

Sip a vintage cocktail while enjoying a live jazz/horn band, which will take the stage at 8 p.m.

Patrons are asked to wear era-appropriate attire.

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Dec. 16: Murder Mystery theater at Nicantoni’s Pizza

BY Jess Harter Monday, December 11, 2017

NicantonisMurderMystery121117Nicantoni’s Pizza in Gilbert will host ‘‘The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year,’’ a holiday production by the Murder Mystery Company dinner theater, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.

The audience, which will be asked to solve the whodunit, is encouraged to wear festive holiday clothing – the more garish the better!

Tickets for this special evening are $49 per person, which includes the show and a three-course meal:

  • Appetizer: Apple cranberry salad
  • Entree: Carved turkey and ham, mashed potatoes, and green bean salad
  • Dessert: Apple pie a la mode and ambrosia

Drinks and tip are not included.

Seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased at the restaurant or by calling 480-892-2234.

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