It’s Wednesday, which means deals on wine…
Today’s wine specials:
Who better to feature with a mini tap takeover on Mardi Gras than Lousiana’s Abita Brewing? Flanny’s in Tempe will have five Abita beers on tap from 6-8 p.m. tonight.
Leading the way will be Abita’s seasonal Mardi Gras Bock, its homage to the traditional German maibocks of spring.
Others will be Purple Haze, Jockamo IPA, Macchiato Espresso Milk Stout, and barrel-aged Bourbon Street Imperial Stout.
And, yes, they’ll be passing out beads tonight.
Starting today, Chandler gastropub Nosh is expanding its happy hour. It’s still 4-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, but now also 9 p.m.-close those days.
The happy hour food menu features two new items – a wagyu burger ($10) and veggie bruschetta ($5) – as well as the return of an old favorite – fried calamari with Sriracha aioli ($5).
Skinny cocktails (normally $8) now are just $5 during happy hour, joining $5 glasses of select wines. Also get $2 off specialty cocktails.
Nosh is located on the northwest corner of McClintock and Ray.
It’s Tuesday, which means taco deals…
It’s National Pancake Day, and IHOP is giving away free short stacks of its famous buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. today.
Customers will be asked to make a small donation. IHOP hopes to raise $3 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals programs nationwide.
IHOP has 10 locations in the East Valley.
Rancho de Tia Rosa, a popular Mexican restaurant in north Mesa, is temporarily closed after a small fire over the weekend. The stand-alone taqueria and takeout eatery next door remains open.
Mesa firefighters responded to a report of smoke and fire around 1:30 p.m. Sunday – the restaurant is closed on Sundays – and put out the fire in 15 minutes, according to a Mesa Fire Department spokesman.
No word on how long repairs will take. Until the restaurant reopens, diners are encouraged to visit the taqueria or Tia Rosa’s other location at Higley and Guadalupe in Gilbert.
Surprising news in the Valley craft beer community: The Perch Pub & Brewery and general manager James Swann (pictured) have parted ways just two weeks after the Chandler venue’s long-anticipated opening.
MXSW heard rumors of the split Saturday night, and confirmed it with owner Rebecca Lavenue today. She says her management style didn’t mesh with Swann’s.
“I love James – we all love James,” she says. “That’s what makes this so difficult. But it’s best for all concerned.”
Lavenue says she currently is looking for a new manager. The rest of the staff, including chef George Jones and brewer Andrew Bauman, remains in place.
Last August, Lavenue hired Swann away from Whole Foods Chandler, where he had turned the grocery store’s Watering Hole bar into one of the Valley’s most popular craft beer destinations.
Previously, he was a manager at SanTan Brewing and The Hungry Monk, among other places.
Considered one of Arizona’s top authorities on craft beer, Swann has been pitching a TV show, “Adventures in Brew,” to various networks. He also has been collaborating on beers with several Arizona breweries.
No word yet from Swann on his future plans.