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Take a Seat at the Newly Named Tempe’s Front Porch Opening April 4

After much anticipation, several months of construction and more than 300 creative patio name submissions the corner of Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue is proud to welcome Tempe’s Front Porch on April 4.

image001A call went out to the community in January to find the coolest, hippest name for the new urban patio concept which is located just outside of Monti’s and faces Tempe Town Lake. After sorting through hundreds of creative entries, the winning name “Tempe’s Front Porch,” came from Valley residents Sean Donovan and Klayton Roark in two separate entries.

The contest winners will each receive a complimentary party in April for 20 friends on TFP featuring selected drinks and menu options.

“Sean and Klayton really described what we want this 2,000 square foot patio to be, Tempe’s Front Porch,” said TFP owner Michael Monti. “It’s outside and faces the beautiful backdrop of Tempe Beach Park and Tempe Town Lake. It has that comfortable front porch feel with seating for 130 people, three cozy fire pits, a fun urban bar and just a great place to sit and enjoy the best of views in Tempe.”

image007TFP will feature a traditional lunch menu, along with a tapas style dinner menu of Modern Latin Cuisine by Executive Chef Jimmy Hernandez. In addition, guests can enjoy the specialty drink menu along with 13 specialty craft beers revolving on the taps.

A traditional lunch menu will also be available starting at 11 a.m. every day. Tempe’s Front Porch will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Weekend hours are expected to increase as the popularity of the patio grows.

For more information on Tempe’s Front Porch including location and menus visit tempesfrontporch.com

La Casa Vieja

Monti’s La Casa Vieja Reports 10% Increase In Business

More evidence the economy is turning around: Monti’s La Casa Vieja Restaurant is reporting a 10 percent year-to-date increase in business.

Tempe’s oldest restaurant attributes the increase to innovative marketing, increased tourism and a strong Spring Training season, anchored by the Anaheim Angels.

“In the last few months we have just seen a huge influx of people coming into the restaurant,” said Michael Monti, owner of Monti’s La Casa Vieja.  “It’s inspirational to see things coming back and to know that our economy is really recovering.”

Monti says his restaurant, which sits at the corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado is not only seeing an increase in number of customers coming in, but also in what people are spending. Hundreds of thousands of people visit the historic restaurant annually.

“Our customers and families are spending more money,” said Monti.  “We’re also seeing businesses spend more money.  Companies are hosting more dinners and booking more banquets.”

Further excitement is on the horizon as the Hayden Flour Mill, which sits adjacent to Monti’s La Casa Vieja, prepares to open to public this spring for tours.

“For the past few months crews have been working hard renovating the ground floor of the Hayden Flour Mill, and we are so excited that visitors will soon be able to enjoy this historic landmark,” said Monti.

For more information on Monti’s La Casa Vieja, visit Monti’s website at montis.com.