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Stingray Sushi celebrates 10 years, closes Old Town location

It’s a bittersweet day for the owners of Stingray Sushi. After 10 incredible years in Old Town Scottsdale, Stingray Sushi has shuttered its original location and is in the process of securing a bigger, better space in the heart of Scottsdale. But fear not Scottsdale sushi lovers, sister restaurant located right next door, Geisha A Go Go will be expanding their lunch offerings to seven days a week. Furthermore, the Stingray crew is already hard at work securing a new Old Town Scottsdale location, with plans to reopen in 2015.

“Back in 2003 we opened our little Sushi Bar inside a 2,300-sq.ft. space and we never thought Stingray would grow to include three additional restaurants all across the Valley,” says Bryan Chittenden, co-owner of Stingray Sushi along with Greg Donnally and Andrew Nam. “It’s bittersweet. We have so many amazing memories in that little space, we just outgrew it. We are super excited for our newest, bigger, and better location of Stingray in our home of Old Town Scottsdale.”

And speaking of new locations, Stingray Sushi is excited to announce it’s expanding to the South East Valley. Scheduled for completion in late October 2014, Stingray Sushi Chandler/Ahwatukee is housed inside a sleek, custom-built space just off the I-10 and Ray Road (900 N. 54th Street).

sushi_signThis stylish 5,000-sq.-ft. restaurant and lounge will feature Stingray’s signature bold, colorful and eye-grabbing décor, as well as two spacious and shaded dining patios. Here, guests will savor Chef Andrew Nam’s famously fresh, inventive take on traditional sushi, as well as a full selection of noodles, salads, soups, bento box lunches and signature entrées such as lobster dynamite, tempura battered king crab and yakiniku (shaved NY strip & Asian vegetables, stir fried in Korean soy sauce). Pair it all with a gourmet cocktail, beer or wine from Stingray Sushi’s extensive drinks list, handcrafted by renowned Valley mixologist, Jason Asher.

“We’ve been eyeing this neighborhood for a while,” says Bryan Chittenden. “We’re all big fans of the Chandler/Ahwatukee area and think it’s the perfect location for Stingray’s unique mix of great vibes and seriously awesome sushi.”

The new location at 900 N. 54th St. in Chandler will open late October 2014. Stay tuned for details at www.stingraysushi.com.

Roka Akor features Robatayaki cuisine. Photo: Roka Akor

Top 5: Sushi Bars (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Sushi Bars — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:


14344 N. Scottsdale Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 607-1114
Sapporo offers its guests a fresh experience with premium sushi and Teppanyaki, Asian specialties like grilled black cod (glazed in Miso), happy hour specials and more.

Stingray Sushi

Three locations in Phoenix
and Scottsdale
(602) 955.2008 (Phoenix)
Delivering a unique blend of contemporary style and energy with Latin-influenced Japanese cuisine, Stingray Sushi is a truly distinctive experience.

Geisha A Go Go

7150 E. 6th Ave.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
(480) 699-0055
This is truly an entertainment dining experience, bringing Japanese pop culture to Scottsdale with sushi, rock ‘n’ roll and private karaoke rooms.

RA Sushi Bar

Six locations throughout the Valley
(480) 940-1111 (Phoenix)
Signature rolls, Japanese fusion cuisine, a vibrant atmosphere with lively music and inventive cocktails — you’ll find it all (and more) at RA.

Roka Akor

7299 N. Scottsdale Rd.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
(480) 306-8800
Voted by Bon Appétit magazine as one of the Top 10 Sushi Spots in the United States, Roka Akor offers prime steak and sushi in a robatayki-style (open charcoal) cuisine.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012


Yoga Job Fair, Oct. 30 at El Santo

Scottsdale’s Old Town Group Seeking “Flexible” Employees At Yoga Job Fair

Are you positive, relaxed and highly “flexible”? Well, Scottsdale’s Old Town Group has an exciting opportunity for you! All who believe they match this description are encouraged to attend the Yoga Job Fair, which will be held at El Santo Cantina on Oct. 30 from 11 a.m to 6 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to dress up in their best yoga clothes and head to El Santo where they will have the opportunity to ponder the amazing opportunities of being a server, bartender, hostess, barback, busser, VIP host or event coordinator for either Stingray Sushi, Geisha A Go Go, Spanish Fly, El Santo Cantina and the brand-new breakfast restaurant concept Morning Squeeze.

All potential candidates who believe they are “flexible” enough for each position are encouraged to have fun and demonstrate their positive life energy source by demonstrating their favorite yoga pose during interviews. Even if your relaxation technique is a simple yawn or includes various breathing and stretching techniques, Old Town Group is still interested in those who exude positivity and relaxation.

For more information on the Yoga Job Fair, please visit elsantocantina.com.

Yoga Job Fair

Where: El Santo Cantina y Más
7301 E. Butherus Dr., Scottsdale
When: Tuesday, October 30 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Online: elsantocantina.com

Date Night: Sushi Bars

Sexy Sushi Night: Date Night At Sushi Bars

Sexy Sushi Nights: When the only thing fishy is your food — not your date’s behavior. Take your next date night to one of many sushi bars throughout Scottsdale.

Eating sushi is a lot like dating.

“Think about the first time you went out for sushi – and a typical first date,” says Stephen Stromberg, executive chef at Sapporo in Scottsdale. “Both take a little courage at first, but the adventure is (usually) well worth it.”

So, it makes sense that sushi is a top dining choice for first dates of all ages. But how does one plan the perfect sushi night?

Dare to discover

Sure, California and Las Vegas rolls are staples for many of us. But, why not show your date you are open to new things by stepping outside of the sushi comfort zone?

“Always look for items that are custom to the venue,” says Stromberg, whose own menu includes the MT Roll, a salmon soy paper roll invented by, and named after, their own sushi chef, Mikel Tan; along with a signature Scottsdale roll bursting with spicy scallops.

Make it hot, hot, hot!

Not all first dates are created equal – some are certainly hotter than others.
Sushi is the same way.

While adding a dollop of spicy mayo or wasabi to your favorite roll can certainly spice up the date, why not indulge your taste buds, together, in a culinary adventure by really turning up the heat?

“Be her renegade Romeo by ordering your Juliet a roll with jalapeño and spicier versions of standard ingredients like tuna and yellowtail,” Stromberg says.

Sapporo carries more than half a dozen hot options, including the Surf’n’Turf roll, which marries crab, filet mignon and tabasco sauce into a mouth-watering menu stand-out. Also popular is the Fuji roll, which is topped with spicy yellowtail, making it as visually hot as it tastes.

Pick pairings with passion

“Innovate while you libate,” adds Mike Hanley, bar manager at Sapporo. “Don’t settle for a martini simply shaken or stirred — order it frozen and share tastes!”

Frozen Passion Mango Martinis, which are blended with vodka, rum and mango and passion purees and poured atop a raspberry liqueur, and Sapporo Slushes, which are made with vodka, fresh-squeezed juices and simple syrup, are among the most popular drinks for first dates.

Also, choose drinks that are a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.

For example, Sapporo’s Purple Dream is layered by ingredient into a glass and brought table-side so the guest can play mixologist, stirring the ingredients together into a perfect purple blend.

One last tip for a sexy sushi night — ditch the chopsticks!

“In Japan, it’s customary to use one’s hands to eat rather than chopsticks,” Stromberg says. “A perfect excuse to feed each other!”

Readers' Pick logoSapporo Scottsdale
14344 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 607-1114

Other sushi bars to check out:

Blue Wasabi Sushi & Martini Bar
(480) 315-9800
Sushi Brokers
(480) 515-5000
Stingray Sushi
(480) 427-2011
RA Sushi
(480) 990-9256
PURE Sushi Bar & Dining
(480) 355-0999
Geisha A Go Go
(480) 699-0055

Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012