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Fired Pie delivers with hot new concept

Here’s the beautiful thing about Fired Pie: In less time than a typical commercial break, the staff at Fired Pie can make you a fresh pizza that suits your taste and specifications.

Fired Pie is the latest Chipotle-inspired build-your-own-meal, fast-casual dining concept to hit the Valley. The creation of veteran restaurateur Fred Morgan — the former CEO of Oregano’s — and partners Doug Doyle and Rico Cuomo, Fired Pie’s pizzas take three minutes to bake in a brick oven after customers choose their sauce, cheese, meats, vegetables and herbs.

“The fast-casual concept is really exploding,” Morgan said. “What we’ve been able to do here is create a concept that delivers high-quality gourmet pizza at a cost and convenience that appeals to the customer.”

During a recent visit to Fired Pie, that concept created a taste sensation.
We opted to try a pizza and the Steak & Blue, one of Fired Pie’s signature salads. Signature pizzas include Hawaiian barbecue with barbecue sauce, mozzarella, Canadian bacon, pineapple and cilantro; meaty Italian with tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, salami, capicola and sausage; and tomato basil with two types of mozzarella, tomato, basil and garlic. We chose to build our own pizza with tomato sauce, pepperoni and fresh mozzarella.

Pizzas and salads are $7.75, regardless of the number of toppings.

During our visit, both dishes were exceptional. I grew up in an Italian family in New York, eating amazing homemade pizzas that my Italian grandmother spent all day preparing, so I am very discriminating when it comes to Italian food. But I can honestly say that Fired Pie’s pizzas match or exceed the quality of other Valley pizza restaurants, and they even give my grandmother a run for her money. Sorry, Grandma. The quality of the ingredients far exceed the expectations one would have from a high-end Italian restaurant, let alone a fast-casual restaurant. But Fired Pie takes that fast-casual concept to a whole new level.

The great thing for me is that one of Fired Pie’s location is at Park Central Mall, which is right across the street from my Central Phoenix office. And customers are already lining up to take advantage of the three-minute cooking time that makes a Fired Pie pizza a healthy lunch option for downtown workers.

If you do decide to get off the healthy train for a moment, words cannot adequately express the mouth-watering deliciousness of the Fired Pookie, Fired Pie’s soft-baked chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream that only costs $3.

Trust me on this one. If Fired Pie doesn’t have you at pizza, they’ll hook you by Pookie.

Fired Pie has locations at 3049 W. Agua Fria Freeway, Deer Valley Towne Center, Phoenix; 3110 N. central Ave., Phoenix; and one coming soon to Chandler.

For more information, visit firedpie.com.

CityScape Plaza - Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2012

CityScape At The Center Of It All

CityScape revitalizing downtown Phoenix with its myriad dining, shopping and entertainment choices.

The arrival of CityScape has done more than change the business and entertainment landscape of Downtown Phoenix.

“CityScape has been a boon for booking meetings and conventions because of the dining, shopping and entertainment options it provides right at the doorstep of the convention center and downtown hotels,” says Scott Dunn, associate director of communications for the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau. “It’s not like downtown has a dearth of restaurants or nightlife; but what it largely lacked before CityScape was a sort of concentrated, recognizable ‘bug light’ zone that attracts pedestrian visitors. With CityScape and the nearby Legends Entertainment District, downtown now has that, and meeting planners the CVB brings to town take notice.”

Since CityScape opened in 2010, the $500 million, mixed-use urban development has become Downtown Phoenix’s destination for business, nightlife, shopping, entertainment, and special events. CityScape has capitalized on being bordered on three sides by the city’s new light rail transit system, and the fact that its neighbors include US Airways Center, Chase Field, the Phoenix Convention Center, Arizona State University’s 8,000-student downtown Phoenix campus, City Hall and the Maricopa County administrative and court complex.

“CityScape has become an authentic urban space for residents and tourists to organically gather and interact in a way that has never existed in Downtown Phoenix,” says Jeff Moloznik, general manager of CityScape.

Because of that, CityScape has come to define the resurgence of Downtown Phoenix.

“Probably the biggest indication that the perception of Downtown Phoenix has changed is the NFL’s decision to bring the Super Bowl back to Arizona in 2015,” Dunn says. “The transformation of downtown was a major part of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee’s pitch to the NFL, and the NFL obviously liked what it saw. Remember: The last time the Super Bowl was here, there was no CityScape, there was no light rail, there was no new Sheraton or Westin. Downtown was pretty much a construction zone. CityScape embodies the renaissance of the city’s urban core — and in 2015, when the world is watching, it will be even better.”

CityScape, like downtown, continues to evolve. It added three new restaurants in late 2011 — The Breakfast Club, The Strand and Chipotle — and will continue add to its dynamic roster in 2012.

“Starbucks and Chloe’s Corner opened earlier this year and Palomar Phoenix at CityScape, a 242-room luxury boutique hotel operated by Kimpton Hotels, will open later this spring,” Moloznik says. “Silk Sushi is also a new local spot that will join our diverse restaurant offering this summer.”

CityScape has started to drive more traffic downtown through special events and activities, including an ice skating rink over the winter and a well-received Saint Patrick’s Day party.

“No matter the time or day, something is always happening at CityScape,” Moloznik says. “We’ve introduced a community-focused lineup of unique, interactive outdoor events at Patriots Square, which is located in the heart of CityScape. Just one example is our weekday ‘Pop Up Park,’ where lunch-goers can soak up the sunshine and socialize with fun, free activities from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. At no cost, you can play Scrabble, Jenga, corn hole, get books and magazines from a free loaner library, use lawn chairs and blankets, Frisbees and a basketball hoop. A DJ spins live music and you can have a picnic in the park by grabbing a quick lunch at Chipotle, Jimmy John’s, Five Guys, Vitamin T or Chloe’s Corner.”

Beyond the delicious food from The Arrogant Butcher and the fun of Stand Up Live, Copper Blues, and Lucky Strike, CityScape has become an epicenter for the Phoenix business community. The office tower at CityScape is at nearly full with major employers, including UnitedHealthcare, Alliance Bank and several of the Valley’s most powerful law firms.

“CityScape is a collection of the best of businesses and individuals in the Valley,” Moloznik says. “From (restaurateur) Sam Fox’s Arrogant Butcher to (Phoenix Suns owner) Robert Sarver’s Western Alliance Bank, the most progressive and entrepreneurial talent in the Valley have convened at CityScape. The impact our tenants’ businesses have brought to Downtown Phoenix is noticeable and significant. In an area that once lacked a central core, there is now energy, creativity, enterprise and excitement all day, every day in once central location.”

Calling CityScape Home

Alliance Bank  *  Alvarez and Marsal  *  Ballard Spahrz  *  Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck  *  Buzz Mouth  *  Cantor Law Group  *  Charming Charlie  *  Chipotle  *  Chloe’s Corner  *  Copper Blues Rock Pub and Kitchen  *  Corporate Office Centers  *  CVS Pharmacy  *  Fidelity Title  *  Five Guys Burgers and Fries  *  Gold’s Gym  *  Gordon Silver  *  Gust Rosenfeld  *  Jennings, Strouss and Salmon, PLC  *  Jimmy John’s  *  Kimpton Palomar (opens in June)  *  Lucky Strike  *  Mybullfrog.com Verizon Wireless Premium Retailer  *  Par Exsalonce  *  Polsinelli Shughart  *  Raza Development Fund  *  RED CityScape Management Office  *  RED Development  *  Republic of Couture  *  Silk Sushi  *  Squire Sanders (US) LLP  *  Stand Up Live  *  Starbucks  *  The Arrogant Butcher  *  The Breakfast Club  *  The Strand  *  Tilted Kilt  *  UnitedHealthcare  *  Urban Outfitters  *  Vitamin T  *  West of SoHo  *  Yogurtini

Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2012

Potbelly Sandwich Shop and Menswear Retailer

CityScape Adds Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Menswear Retailer

CityScape Phoenix will introduce yet another first for Arizona with the opening of Potbelly Sandwich Shop, the popular Chicago-based chain, along with the addition of the men’s apparel store, JoS. A. Bank, both coming to downtown this fall.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop will occupy a 3,000 square-foot space beside Fuego CityScape along First Street. The restaurant company has built a passionate, loyal following of fans who spread the word about the fun, energetic atmosphere and great food. The unique Potbelly Sandwich Shop experience is defined by its combination of toasty warm sandwiches, hand-dipped shakes and friendly, lively people.

“When you think of famous sandwich shops with cult followings, Potbelly is definitely on the list. We’re thrilled to be able to bring this East Coast favorite to Arizona,” said Jeff Moloznik, general manager of CityScape. “Potbelly Sandwich Shop is the perfect addition to the variety of restaurants we have at CityScape Phoenix.”

Additionally, JoS. A. Bank will open a 3,600 square-foot store that offers a full selection of men’s tailored and casual clothing, footwear and accessories. With 550 stores nationwide, what makes the retailer unique is also what has attracted customers to the stores for 107 years; a heritage of quality and workmanship, an extensive selection of beautifully made, classically styled tailored and casual clothing, and prices typically 20 to 30 percent below competitor prices. The store will open in August and occupy the former Republic of Couture space.

“We’re excited to reinforce the value of dining and shopping destinations in downtown,” added Moloznik. “With Hotel Palomar Phoenix opening this week and these two major tenants preparing to open this fall, we’re playing off of a really positive momentum.”

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix is opening June 5 at CityScape. The boutique hotel offers 242 spacious guest rooms and suites, all with modern interior touches and views of the surrounding city and mountains. In step with the signature style of Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar, the Phoenix destination combines contemporary design with an “Art in Motion” theme embracing the undercurrent of artistic energy throughout. Amenities include approximately 10,000 square feet of multi-use space across 10 meeting rooms, which can be customized for social and business events. The adjacent Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails showcases a menu of new American cuisine for lunch, dinner, late-night and weekend brunch and a blazing cocktail program that raises the bar for drink culture in the city’s urban core, while the hotel’s third-floor outdoor pool terrace and adjacent Lustre bar provide a scenic venue for gathering.

For more information on CityScape and shops like the Potbelly Sandwich Shop, visit CityScape’s website at cityscapephoenix.com.

restaurant - Iguana Mack's updated look

Chandler Neighborhood Roadhouse Revamps Restaurant

After 10 years in the restaurant business, Iguana Macks is getting a facelift. Under new ownership, the Chandler roadhouse plans to keep its rustic yet casual appeal while enhancing the menu, décor and entertainment.

Iguana Macks is an American neighborhood bar and grill located next to Dos Gringos in Chandler. The restaurant opened its doors in 2002 by local entrepreneur Michael Lopercio. Over the years, Iguana Macks established itself as a local independent “mom-and-pop” restaurant and prides itself on the personal relationships with its customers. In January 2012, Iguana Mack’s was purchased by a new team of restaurant and bar experts.

“Our goal is to continue the long term neighborhood roadhouse feel, while at the same time, bringing in a breath of fresh air,” said Randy Feldman, one of the owners. “In three short months, we have remodeled the interior, designed a new menu bringing back some of the original Iguana Mack’s favorites, creating some special events for our guests and built a team of individuals that are excited and motivated to be a part of something amazing.”

Iguana Macks has enhanced visual aspects of the restaurants including new wood flooring, custom designed light fixtures, and indoor and outdoor seating that make the restaurant more welcoming to its patrons.  Servers and staff are letting its guests know that “Mack’s Back” by sporting it on their newly designed t-shirt uniforms. Business professionals, local residents and visitors can truly enjoy Iguana Mack’s signature roadhouse entrees and sides knowing that they are all made from scratch every day.

When you walk into the eatery, diners have the option to eat in the 150-seat dining room that looks and feels like home. An Arizona themed banquet room is offered to larger parties looking for a private dining experience. The indoor and outdoor bar is also a great place to enjoy an appetizing meal along with daily drink specials. With more than 18 flat-screen TVs, a pool table, and juke box, Iguana Macks offers the perfect atmosphere to watch sporting events, play your favorite tunes and catch up with friends and coworkers. Guest also can relax and listen to live entertainment by local musicians every week and happy hour specials weekdays from 2pm to 7pm. For dog lovers, enjoy the company of your companion on Iguana Mack’s dog-friendly patio.

For more information, menus, happy hour specials, hours and location, visit www.iguanamacks.com or call 480.899.6735. Iguana Macks is located at 1371 N Alma School Road in Chandler. Follow Iguana Macks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IguanaMacks.

z'tejas - opening a new location

Z’Tejas Announces Fifth Location In Central Phoenix

On the heels of celebrating their 20th anniversary in Arizona, Scottsdale-based Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill is announcing the addition of their fifth location in central Phoenix located at 16th street and Bethany Home Road. Construction will begin on July 2. The expansion marks their belief in Phoenix as a viable market for growth. This Z’Tejas location will be one of the first “ground-up” construction projects in that neighborhood in a long time, according to Steven Micheletti, CEO & President of Z’Tejas.

“We are thrilled to move forward with our fifth location,” says Micheletti. “After over a year of planning, Z’Tejas is finally able to move ahead with our building plans which will make for a great addition to this Phoenix neighborhood.”

The new location will feature small dining rooms for an intimate feel and a greenhouse with a retractable roof. The restaurant will seat roughly 290 guests, including an outdoor patio.

The first Arizona Z’Tejas restaurant opened in December 1991 at Scottsdale Fashion Square and continues to thrive in the community. The concept then continued to grow with three other locations in Shea & Tatum in Phoenix (1996) Tempe (2000) and Chandler in (2001).

Z’Tejas is at the forefront of unique Southwestern fare with seasonal menu items and specialty cocktails, including their award-winning Chambord margarita. Visit www.ztejas.com for more information and follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ztejassouthwesterngrill and Twitter @ZTejas.