Four Peaks Brewing in Tempe has expanded its Eighth Street brew pub, opening a gift shop/studio and enlarged waiting area on its east side.

The 2,000-square-foot addition, the last portion of the century-old creamery property that wasn’t part of Four Peaks, now serves as the entrance to the brew pub.

New features include:

  • Adirondack chairs and bourbon-barrel tables in the waiting area
  • A bocce ball court that also can be used for cornhole
  • A 20-tap tower to serve the patio
  • A growler-filling station

Four Peaks is celebrating the expansion with a gift card deals and special tappings this week.

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Minor equipment repairs have forced JC’s Steakhouse in Gilbert to postpone its monthly dinner, scheduled for this Wednesday, for one week.

The dinner, featuring four dishes from chef Dennis Petty paired with five beers from California’s Hangar 24, will be held next Wednesday at 7 p.m.

A menu will be released later this week. Cost is $35 per person. RSVP: 480-306-4545.

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

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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Tuesday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, August 23, 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:

  • Eggplant Cappicola: Provolone and ham cappicola wrapped in fresh eggplant and deep-fried. Served with marinara sauce for dipping.
  • Mediterranean Salad: Hearts of artichoke and palm with roasted pepper, tomatoes, cucumber, scallion, avocado, romaine, lemon vinaigrette, and almonds.
  • Transylvania Chicken: Grilled chicken breast layered with roasted eggplant, roasted peppers, pine nuts, and chilled balsamic beans (pictured).
  • Ravioli Marco Polo: Cheese ravioli, meat sauce with Italian sausage, ricotta topped with mozzarella, and a touch of cinnamon.
  • Tiramisu: European lady fingers soaked in espresso and layered with fresh mascarpone cheese.

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

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La Sala – a modern Latin concept from the owners of Humble Pie pizzerias and The Living Room wine bars – will open later this year at Downtown Ocotillo in south Chandler.

La Sala (Spanish for ‘‘the living room’’) will be located between The Living Room and sibling Asian fusion concept Rock Lobster in the commercial development on Queen Creek between Dobson and Price.

It is expected to open in late November or early December.

The menu hasn’t been finalized, but look for tableside guacamole, street corn, huaraches (flat breads), empanadas, posole, tacos, and tortas.

In addition, The Living Room at Downtown Ocotillo is undergoing an expansion of its kitchen, scheduled to be finished by Nov. 1.

When the expansion is complete, the concept’s original location will offer the same full menu as its recently opened Ahwatukee location.

The Living Room’s next location – at Gainey Ranch in north Scottsdale – now is scheduled to open Dec. 1. Another La Sala location is planned next to it.

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The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild – which organizes the Valley’s two premier beer events, the Arizona Strong Beer Festival in February and Real, Wild & Woody in July, is launching another: A Brewers Ball on Friday, Nov. 18, at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix.

The ‘‘Great Gatsby’’-inspired gala will feature cocktail-attired guests enjoying a buffet-style dinner and a sampling of Arizona craft beers to the sounds of swing music in the resort’s Art Deco-decorated Gold Room.

Tickets are $125 per person plus tax and tip. Buy them here.

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Monday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

BY Jess Harter Monday, August 22, 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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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema still is a few months from making its Arizona debut in south Chandler, but it’s already picked its second location.

Earlier: Alamo Drafthouse coming to Chandler after all

That location is the under-redevelopment Lake Country Village shopping center on the northwest corner of Lakeshore and Baseline in south Tempe, according to Chris Coppola at AZ Central.

The site, halfway between Rural and McClintock, previously was home to a six-screen theater complex in the 1980s and ’90s.

AZ Central’s story is based on information the developer provided to the city. An Alamo spokesman declined to comment.

Texas-based Alamo combines a multi-screen theater complex with a restaurant and craft beer bar. It’s known for its support of independent and controversial films, and its strict movie etiquette rules.

Craig Paschich, who stepped down as Alamo’s CEO to become the chain’s Arizona franchisee, has said he’d like to open as many as eight locations in the state over the next decade.

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Sunday: All-day ‘Cheers to 15 Years’ party at Sun Up Brewing

BY Jess Harter Friday, August 19, 2016

Sun Up Brewing in Phoenix is celebrating its 15th anniversary with an all-day party Sunday.

From 11 a.m.-10 p.m., the festivities, dubbed ‘‘Cheers to 15 Years,’’ will include:

  • Special and rare beer tappings
  • Free appetizer samples
  • Prizes giveaways every hour
  • Live music and a DJ
  • A photo booth

Admission is free, and the first 15 people in the door will get a Sun Up swag bag.

Anyone who arrives at the brewery via walking, bike, bus, light rail, or Uber/Lyft/taxi will get 50% off their first beer.

Sun Up is located on the north side of Camelback between Third and Fourth streets.

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