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Jimmy John’s Leases Space in Old Town Scottsdale

SRS Real Estate Partners has leased another space for Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches. The former Qdoba space is 1,875 SF, located at the SWC of Indian School and Scottsdale roads. Jimmy John’s will open spring 2014. The space is located on the hard corner of the high traffic intersection adjacent to the Starbucks in prominent Old Town Scottsdale.

Brian Polachek with SRS Real Estate Partners represented Jimmy John’s in the transaction.  Michael Feldman and Danielle Davis at LevRose Real Estate represented the landlord, PMC Enterprises, LLC.

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Old Town Scottsdale to Get a Jimmy John's

“Free smells” are coming to Old Town! After a night of pub crawling, you can fill your stomach with delicious subs make freakishly fast!

SRS Real Estate Partners announced Wednesday it has leased another space for Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches. The former Qdoba space is 1,875 square-feet, located at the southwest corner of Indian School and Scottsdale roads. Jimmy John’s will open later this spring. The space is located on the hard corner of the high traffic intersection adjacent to the Starbucks in prominent Old Town Scottsdale.

Brian Polachek with SRS Real Estate Partners represented Jimmy John’s in the transaction.  Michael Feldman and Danielle Davis at LevRose Real Estate represented the landlord, PMC Enterprises, LLC.

7000 E. 1st Ave, Lee and Associates

Old Town Scottsdale Office Building Sells for $2.15M

A 7,707 SF office building located at 7000 E. 1st Ave. in Old Town Scottsdale was recently sold for $2.15M. Price per square foot was calculated at $278.97.

The entity, Laguna Holdings, LLC dba Bigfish Creative Group was the buyer of the property. The design and marketing agency will occupy the space when interior upgrades are completed by the first of the year.

Comptrol Technologies was the seller of the property and included a short-term sale leaseback until the end of November. Bill Blake and Colton Trauter, Principals with Lee & Associates Arizona negotiated on behalf of the buyer. Barry Lammersen of Lammersen & Associates represented the seller. Tom Alteri, Senior Vice President with MidFirst Bank provided financing.

There are more than 3,400 businesses with 43,000 employees located within one and-a-half miles of the property.

The two-story building, built in 1974 and renovated in 2012 has high-end features such as double-pane windows, vessel sinks with waterfall faucets and seven new HVAC roof units.

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Amenzone Fitness Opens Old Town Scottsdale Location

Primal-fitness purveyors Amenzone Fitness will open their newest fitness facility Saturday, June 15 in Old Town Scottsdale.

The free grand opening event will be a fun-filled, action-packed afternoon of classes showcasing the primal workouts that the Amenzone philosophy is founded on:  “true healthcare is self-care.” Guests will have the opportunity to meet the trainers and experience the 30-minute long workouts that will begin at 11 a.m. and go until 1 p.m. The class schedule is as follows:

·         Primal Class 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
·         Boxing Class 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
·         Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class – 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Amenzone Fitness is a back-to-basics primal approach for all ages where you won’t find weights, machines or even mirrors in the facility but instead, recycled tires, sandbags, boxing bags, pull up bars, and hammers. This primal method promotes a natural form of body movements and is complimented by Amenzone’s intrinsic motivational training style leaving one not only physically strong, but mentally strong as well. Amenzone’s tagline reads “Training for Life” and one would say Amenzone is indeed just that, a training facility… for Life!

The success of Amenzone’s corporate owned locations, in North Scottsdale and Fountain Hills, has led to the opening of the Old Town location along with the launch of Amenzone Franchising. Recently, Amenzone hosted a “Training for Life” tour with stops in San Diego and Orange County, which brings the high-intensity primal workout on the road, to promote franchise opportunities as Amenzone looks forward to the addition of more regional locations in Arizona, as well as nationally in the coming months.

Take advantage of Amenzone’s Primal Preferred memberships currently being “grandfathered” in for the Old Town location at $95 per month (originally $125). This offer will end on June 15 following the grand opening. A free three-day pass and a fitness assessment are also available through July 31. Personal training is offered as well; call 480.704.4800 for pricing.

For more information visit www.amenzone.com

Amenzone Fitness is located at 4260 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Suite 100

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The Venue Brings Back the 70s and 80s

The Venue Scottsdale, the premiere special events venue in Old Town Scottsdale, is launching Boogie Nights – a recurring party that will merge 70s and 80s dance music spinning from DJ Pauly. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their best attire from that era and dance the nights away to a state of the art sound system, lighting and more. EVA 95.5 FM, “the Valley’s old school station” has partnered with The Venue to create a party filled with your favorite groovy dance music.

The event will run from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and reoccur every 6 weeks beginning April 20. There will be a $15 cover for each night which will include costume contests, drink specials and a really funky time. Tickets can be purchased at www.boogienightsscottsdale.eventbrite.com/ or at the door.

The Venue Scottsdale is located at 7117 E. 3rd Avenue in Old Town, Scottsdale.

“This is our opportunity to bring back some of the great events The Venue has a history of hosting,” says Director of Marketing David Twigger. “We’ve had the idea to host a themed dance party and Boogie Nights will allow guests the chance to let loose, dance to their favorite tunes and dress up in their outrageous retro threads costumes if they choose.”

The Venue Scottsdale has reinvested in the 29,000 square foot event space to upgrade the facility to a sleek upscale look. The roughly $1 million remodel includes Israeli limestone work throughout the venue, granite countertops, a re-inspired entry way, new doors and flooring, a new HVAC system, grass roof covering, an upgraded audio visual system and more.

The Venue Scottsdale has also announced plans to open a new concept, V&V. The two story lounge will be complete with a beautiful spiral staircase leading to a third floor roof top experience. V&V is slated to open to the public in fall 2013.

Saguaro pool

Saguaro Scottsdale Is Giants' Official Hotel

Less than a half mile, depending on the route.  That’s the distance from Scottsdale Stadium to The Saguaro Scottsdale, the official spring training hotel of the World Champion San Francisco Giants.

The Saguaro Scottsdale, a chic hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, will be pouring bubbly for the legions of Bay Area fans who travel to get the season’s first look at the reigning World Champs.  Of course, The Saguaro also welcomes the oodles of San Francisco transplants who now call Arizona home.

“There’s always a lot of buzz and excitement surrounding spring training, and The Saguaro Scottsdale is thrilled to be an official partner with the San Francisco Giants,” Alan Klein, Saguaro’s general manager, said. “The Saguaro is a natural hub for Giants fans.  We welcome the sea of orange and black that traditionally marks the arrival of March at our hotel.”

Splashed with vibrant colors and cushioned by an active arts district, the Saguaro Scottsdale offers a quiet yet connected retreat for baseball fans and anyone else looking to slip away from the daily grind.  The Saguaro Scottsdale is home to Distrito, a restaurant by Iron Chef Jose Garces, featuring traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern twist.  Distrito was among the region’s best new destinations as ranked by the Arizona Republic and Phoenix Magazine, and was named as the “Best Place To Take A Foodie” by the Phoenix New Times.

The hotel is also home to the Saguaro Spa, a sanctuary offering replenishing treatments from wraps to massages to facials.  For information regarding reservations at The Saguaro, call 877-808-2440 or visit http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/arizona/saguaro.

Saguaro pool

Saguaro Scottsdale Is Giants' Official Hotel

Less than a half mile, depending on the route.  That’s the distance from Scottsdale Stadium to The Saguaro Scottsdale, the official spring training hotel of the World Champion San Francisco Giants.

The Saguaro Scottsdale, a chic hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, will be pouring bubbly for the legions of Bay Area fans who travel to get the season’s first look at the reigning World Champs.  Of course, The Saguaro also welcomes the oodles of San Francisco transplants who now call Arizona home.

“There’s always a lot of buzz and excitement surrounding spring training, and The Saguaro Scottsdale is thrilled to be an official partner with the San Francisco Giants,” Alan Klein, Saguaro’s general manager, said. “The Saguaro is a natural hub for Giants fans.  We welcome the sea of orange and black that traditionally marks the arrival of March at our hotel.”

Splashed with vibrant colors and cushioned by an active arts district, the Saguaro Scottsdale offers a quiet yet connected retreat for baseball fans and anyone else looking to slip away from the daily grind.  The Saguaro Scottsdale is home to Distrito, a restaurant by Iron Chef Jose Garces, featuring traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern twist.  Distrito was among the region’s best new destinations as ranked by the Arizona Republic and Phoenix Magazine, and was named as the “Best Place To Take A Foodie” by the Phoenix New Times.

The hotel is also home to the Saguaro Spa, a sanctuary offering replenishing treatments from wraps to massages to facials.  For information regarding reservations at The Saguaro, call 877-808-2440 or visit http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/arizona/saguaro.

Saguaro pool

Saguaro Scottsdale Is Giants’ Official Hotel

Less than a half mile, depending on the route.  That’s the distance from Scottsdale Stadium to The Saguaro Scottsdale, the official spring training hotel of the World Champion San Francisco Giants.

The Saguaro Scottsdale, a chic hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, will be pouring bubbly for the legions of Bay Area fans who travel to get the season’s first look at the reigning World Champs.  Of course, The Saguaro also welcomes the oodles of San Francisco transplants who now call Arizona home.

“There’s always a lot of buzz and excitement surrounding spring training, and The Saguaro Scottsdale is thrilled to be an official partner with the San Francisco Giants,” Alan Klein, Saguaro’s general manager, said. “The Saguaro is a natural hub for Giants fans.  We welcome the sea of orange and black that traditionally marks the arrival of March at our hotel.”

Splashed with vibrant colors and cushioned by an active arts district, the Saguaro Scottsdale offers a quiet yet connected retreat for baseball fans and anyone else looking to slip away from the daily grind.  The Saguaro Scottsdale is home to Distrito, a restaurant by Iron Chef Jose Garces, featuring traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern twist.  Distrito was among the region’s best new destinations as ranked by the Arizona Republic and Phoenix Magazine, and was named as the “Best Place To Take A Foodie” by the Phoenix New Times.

The hotel is also home to the Saguaro Spa, a sanctuary offering replenishing treatments from wraps to massages to facials.  For information regarding reservations at The Saguaro, call 877-808-2440 or visit http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/arizona/saguaro.

Saguaro pool

Saguaro Scottsdale Is Giants' Official Hotel

Less than a half mile, depending on the route.  That’s the distance from Scottsdale Stadium to The Saguaro Scottsdale, the official spring training hotel of the World Champion San Francisco Giants.

The Saguaro Scottsdale, a chic hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, will be pouring bubbly for the legions of Bay Area fans who travel to get the season’s first look at the reigning World Champs.  Of course, The Saguaro also welcomes the oodles of San Francisco transplants who now call Arizona home.

“There’s always a lot of buzz and excitement surrounding spring training, and The Saguaro Scottsdale is thrilled to be an official partner with the San Francisco Giants,” Alan Klein, Saguaro’s general manager, said. “The Saguaro is a natural hub for Giants fans.  We welcome the sea of orange and black that traditionally marks the arrival of March at our hotel.”

Splashed with vibrant colors and cushioned by an active arts district, the Saguaro Scottsdale offers a quiet yet connected retreat for baseball fans and anyone else looking to slip away from the daily grind.  The Saguaro Scottsdale is home to Distrito, a restaurant by Iron Chef Jose Garces, featuring traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern twist.  Distrito was among the region’s best new destinations as ranked by the Arizona Republic and Phoenix Magazine, and was named as the “Best Place To Take A Foodie” by the Phoenix New Times.

The hotel is also home to the Saguaro Spa, a sanctuary offering replenishing treatments from wraps to massages to facials.  For information regarding reservations at The Saguaro, call 877-808-2440 or visit http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/arizona/saguaro.

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Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Celebrates 10 Years, Hosts Upscale Birthday Party Charity Event

Best known best for its award-winning, coal-fired oven-baked pizza, calzones, fresh salads and delicious deserts, Arizona-based Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is celebrating 10 years of flourishing business in the Valley. Despite the recession, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has experienced a continuing double-digit growth with no sign of stopping.

Grimaldi’s has experienced a 33 percent increase in 2011 and 21 percent increase in 2012.  Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has seven locations throughout Arizona and 22 more throughout the U.S. With no sign of slowing down, it’s continuing its growing trend into 2013 with the opening of six new locations in Colorado, California, Missouri, Texas and Florida. To accommodate its new locations, Grimaldi’s is planning to hire 500 more people, bringing the total employee count to more than 2,500. In a time when jobs are crucial to the economy, the pizzeria is not only maintaining a steady growth of its own business, but also attributing to the economy with jobs to the workforce.

Grimaldi’s goal to provide the finest meals, customer service and warm atmosphere has attributed to its growth.

“In challenging times, customers are looking for quality and consistency and that is what Grimaldi’s Pizzeria continues to provide; our philosophy has always been to serve the finest ingredients and maintain great customer service,” said Joe Ciolli, president and CEO of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. “This has paid off tremendously, and whether Grimaldi’s is located in Arizona, California or Texas, customers are guaranteed a delicious meal and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.”

The pizzeria is not only an Arizona favorite, with seven locations (two in Chandler, one in Gilbert, three in Scottsdale and one in Peoria and Tucson), but it also consistently wins Zagat’s best pizza year after year.

In celebration of “10 years in the Valley,” on February 24, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria will celebrate with an upscale birthday party event benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) at its Old Town Scottsdale location. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will go to PCH. At the event, guests will enjoy a meal of their choice for $50, and local celebrities will be serving guests, a World Champion dough-thrower will be present as well as a Frank Sinatra impersonator — in addition to other exciting birthday surprises.

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane will also declare February 24 as “Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Day.”

To purchase tickets or for more information about Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, please visit grimaldispizzeria.com or call (480) 994-1100.    

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
“Celebration of 10 Years in the Valley” Birthday Party

When: Sunday, February 24, 2013, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Old Town Scottsdale
4000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Cost: $50 per person
Contact: (480) 994-1100
Online: grimaldispizzeria.com

 

The Mint

Be "Pretty In Pink" And Raise Breast Cancer Awareness At The Mint

The month of October calls for gals and guys alike to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness month — just by dressing in pink. And The Mint in Old Town Scottsdale is hosting its “Pretty in Pink” Breast Cancer Awareness party on Thursday, October 4 — so you have a place to wear your LPD or pink polo.

Lyndsie LouThe premier restaurant and ultra-lounge’s Pretty in Pink event will raise funds and awareness for those suffering with breast cancer. The evening’s emcee will be Lyndsie “J” Lou, the host of The Valley Catch, which is a videography company equipped with a Spokesmodel to help and promote local businesses. Lou is also the host of “Destination TV,” an upcoming ABC show. But, attendees may best recognize her from “The Bachelor: Season 16,” as one of the bachelorettes vying for Ben Flajnik’s heart.

Entertainment includes beats by DJ Knick Knack. Specialties pink cocktails will be served, including the Blueberry Margarita, the Elevated Awareness (Hypnotic Harmonie, Chopin Vodka, freshly squeezed lemon juice, topped with champagne and a slice of strawberry served in a flute) and the BCA Sangria (a medley of dry white wine, strawberries, raspberries, lemon, lime and orange infused with Chopin and Hypnotic Harmonie, topped with a splash of ginger ale).

But what makes this cocktails even sweeter is that for every drink sold, $1 will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. It doesn’t stop there, though. Every pink drink sold throughout October will net an additional $1 toward the foundation.

But the big event of the night is the live auction, hosted by Lou. Items include a one-of-a-kind pink dress by Ted Baker, a signed basketball by Suns player Channing Frye, and a signed Jared Dudley jersey. All proceeds from these items will directly benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

For more information about The Mint’s “Pretty in Pink” party, visit themintaz.com.

The Mint’s “Pretty in Pink” Party
When: Thursday, October 4 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: 7373 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Call: (480) 947-6468
Online: themintaz.com
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Cosanti Windbells

Experience The Wind At Cosanti Originals

As visitors enter Cosanti Originals, they are met by the sounds of hammers and metal saws. Famed architect, artist and philosopher Paolo Soleri and his students built the Cosanti gallery in the 1950s. Soleri, who retired from the Cosanti Foundation last year, has created notable destinations around Arizona, including Arcosanti, which is a series of buildings built in the desert that work to study the connection and people living harmoniously with the environment. He also designed “Soleri Bridge” in Old Town Scottsdale, which highlights the sun by casting different shadows depending on the time of year and day.

At Cosanti, which means “against” or “before things,” visitors get a chance to tour the gallery where Paolo Soleri Windbells are created and sold. While Soleri has retired, his students continue his work, and visitors are able to watch the creation of the different types of sculptures, pots, bowls, tiles and Windbells. After watching the process, visitors are even able to purchase one of their own.

Visitors can either stroll through the gallery at their own pace, as long as they stay on the red brick path; or they can call ahead to reserve a guided tour where visitors will be educated about the history of Cosanti and the creation of the different types of Windbells.

For more information about Cosanti Originals, visit cosanti.com.

 
If You Go: Cosanti Originals
6433 E. Double Tree Ranch Rd.
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
(480) 948-6145
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Venue Scottsdale

The Venue Scottsdale Undergoes $1 Million Upgrade

Beginning as a nightclub, The Venue Scottsdale transformed into a concert hall, then expanded into a special events site — and it only continues to grow. In response to the vision of ownership and to appeal to a wider range of clientele, the venue has undergone a $1 million design upgrade, and additions have been made to the property as well.

“We wanted to have a wider reach to our clients,” says David Twigger, director of sales and marketing for The Venue Scottsdale.

The 29,000-square-foot building did away with the New Orleans style décor, for which it was known, and upgraded to a classy, modern look.

“Our vision was to bring the outdoors indoors,” Twigger says. “With the retractable roof and stonework contrasted by soft fabrics, it gives you an outdoor feel.”

According to Twigger, the New Orleans style décor was outdated and too dressed up.

“If you have a signature theme, you can only cater to certain clients,” Twigger adds. “The new design is a clean palette and can be used for a variety of themes and decorated to match your vision.”

After 17 years of owning the property, Victor Perillo decided to reinvest in the building due to his attachment to Old Town Scottsdale. Perillo’s ultimate goal is to expand into other cities, and Twigger believes remodeling the venue is a step in the right direction.

The Venue Scottsdale“This sets us up for more clientele and is a stepping stone for expansion,” Twigger says.

The design was decided upon based on both ownership request and a designer in southern California who deemed it appropriate.

“The Israeli limestone and earthy tones are going to keep us attractive to our higher-end clientele,” Twigger says.

Not only did The Venue Scottsdale undergo remodeling, an eatery was also formed as an extension of the venue.

The Chicago-style restaurant, Keep It Simple Stupid (K.I.S.S.) will also be in tune with the modern look of the venue. Designs include sharp lines, large windows and menus featured on television screens.

“It is definitely high energy,” Twigger says. “After K.I.S.S., we will focus on another extension ― V&V, a lounge (not a nightclub), which will be open to the public..

“We will offer small plates with bites to eat, and there will be a martini bar and mixology,” Twigger says.

For more information about The Venue Scottsdale, visit thevenuescottsdale.com.

The Venue Scottsdale
7117 E. 3rd Ave.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 945-5551

Sugar Bowl

Creamy Treats At The Sugar Bowl In Old Town Scottsdale

As I approached the vast pink building of the Sugar Bowl, which has been around since 1958, I was amazed by how even the manliest of men weren’t afraid to enter. Greeted by a large bar with stools, the impressive vintage look with touches of pink interior throughout, made a well-lasting impression. However, the bright and vibrant environment would quickly become an afterthought — what impressed me most were the unforgettable flavors of Sugar Bowl’s ice cream.

However, this popular eatery doesn’t limit itself to just ice cream; they also have fine foods and even an arcade area for the kids. And to give you an idea as to how well-known this place is, the Sugar Bowl was featured in the Family Circus daily comics drawn by Bil Keane.

Due to its reputation and popularity, one of my main expectations going into the Sugar Bowl, located in Old Town Scottsdale, was that it would be crowded, loud and overpriced. But that couldn’t have been farther from what my experience turned out to be.

After taking my seat, I looked through the menu dazzled by the variety of food that was available. The Sugar Bowl provides a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches as well as “Fruit N’ Meat” plates, which consist of various meats and assorted fruits, for those who crave something a little different. The variety and quality of the plates are impeccable and compete with the Sugar Bowl’s fabulous ice cream.

I decided to order a grilled tuna melt on cracked wheat (but your options include white, whole or cracked wheat, marble, light or dark rye, and sourdough). I was hoping to eat something flavorful that would allow me room to eat dessert comfortably.

When my plate was brought to me, I was immediately bombarded by the sweet aroma of the toasted bread smothered in tuna, with American cheese melted on top. Taking the first bite, I was greeted with a warm treat; the light flavor of the tuna complimented by the cheese became more filling than I anticipated. This meal was well worth the price ($7.95), with the crisp pickle and lightly salted chips on the side complimenting the flavor of the tuna with every bite.

My boyfriend, Travis, who had never been to the Sugar Bowl, ordered a toasted double-decker sandwich with sliced turkey, baked ham and American cheese ($9.25). When his sandwich arrived, it was cut into four parts making the thick, meaty sandwich easier to handle. Although it was in smaller sections, it took some effort to fit the sandwich into his mouth to make a complete bite.

Known for its ice cream, the Sugar Bowl gives you the option to order your food and dessert all at once for those who like to have a shake or malt with their meal; you can also opt to have the servers bring a menu to you later, after you’ve completed your meal.

Sugar BowlWhen it came time to choose dessert, I felt pretty full and decided on one scoop of cookies n’ cream ice cream. The ice cream was presented in a small dish filled to the brim. A variety of thick and small cookie chunks covered my entire ice cream. The texture was soft and melted on my tongue in a cool, satisfying splash of flavor. Although I was tempted to try every flavor, I was satisfied with the amount of food I ordered as well as the portions.

Sugar BowlFeeling a bit more daring than me, Travis ordered an “Old Dutch Chocolate” malt for $4.50. It came in a tall glass filled to the brim, with malt powder decorating the top. As he drank for quite some time, it looked as though he’d barely touched his drink. Trying a sip, I found that the chocolate was smooth, creamy and thick. I, myself, do not really enjoy chocolaty treats, but for just having a sip, it was good. Would I order a whole one myself? Probably not, but for someone like Travis who absolutely adores chocolate, it was a delicious.

If you’re looking for a new atmosphere, great food and service — and not to mention an eatery that offers decent dessert options — check out the Sugar Bowl. With a wide variety of ice cream, shakes, malts, parfaits, pie, cheesecake and even Camelback Sodas (old fashion coda with scoops of vanilla ice cream and an extra pitcher of soda water), there is something for everyone, to suit any occasion.

For more information about the Sugar Bowl and to check out its online menu, visit sugarbowlscottsdale.com.

Sugar Bowl
4005 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 946-0051
sugarbowlscottsdale.com

Praying Monk

Happy Hour Hot Spots: Praying Monk

All hail the beer God: Praying Monk. Happy hour at this new, Scottsdale hot spot is a beer connoisseur’s dream.


Enter hipster heaven, L.A. style: Reclaimed-wood-covered walls, leather-upholstered booths and sultry candlelight. As far as first impressions go, Praying Monk makes a very rustic-chic statement. The casual ambiance transports you from the usual Old Town Scottsdale atmosphere to a popular lounge you’d stumble into strolling down Hollywood Blvd.

An oversized bar serves as the focal point of the open-space concept restaurant, ideal for hosting large groups of beer [and wine!] lovers alike. The staff is outgoing, engaging and quick to recommend one of the many tasty boutique beers in stock (17 on tap, 39 by the bottle).

Our experience was delightful. The bartender suggested a delicious Belgium beer, Grimbergen Dubbel ($6) with just a hint of grape aftertaste. The chaser was a Russian Imperial Stout, North Coast Old Rasputin ($6) — an excellent brew for those who’ve acquired a taste for stout. Did we mention the adorable, distinct goblets assigned to each specialty?

During happy hour, all appetizers are half price. It’s doubtful you’ll find a more exotic array of small dishes close by. Plates to definitely sample next time you’re in the neighborhood include the Bavarian pretzel with grain mustard and sweet pickles ($3.50) and the crispy pig ear with rocoto chili, lime and sea salt ($5) — not for the faint of heart.

Complementing the ambience, beer and wine is, a music repertoire alternating indie contemporary and classic hits. ← Could you clarify this sentence for me? Overall,  Praying Monk is an eclectic alternative from the traditional Scottsdale scene. Grab an exceptional after-work drink, or enjoy a relaxing meal with some friends. If you haven’t already checked out this spot, make it a point to do so.

Happy Hour at Praying Monk: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

1/2 off appetizers
$3 New Belgium Blue Paddle Pilsner
$3 Praying Monk Pale Ale
$5 Lucky Star pinot and chardonnay
$4 well drinks

Praying Monk Restaurant & Bar
7217 E. 1st St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 398-3020
scottsdalemonk.com

K.I.S.S.

Keeping Chicago-Style Food Simple With K.I.S.S.

Old Town Scottsdale is making room for a Chicago-style eatery, K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple, Stupid) this July — located in a sleek space next to The Venue Scottsdale and V2, a two-story, 8,000-square-food lounge opening 2013.

Chef Anthony CrocenziAt 900 square feet, K.I.S.S. offers exactly that on its menu ― simple ingredients in its Chicago- and New York-styles of “back east” pizza. The menu will also consist of Italian beef and sausage, grinder sandwiches, hot dogs and antipasto salads.

“We are extremely excited about K.I.S.S. and the opportunity it brings to not only The Venue Scottsdale, but also to the Old Town area,” says David Twigger, director of sales and marketing for The Venue Scottsdale and K.I.S.S. “The eatery will serve the local community, offering simple food with a flare to dine-in or to-go.”

K.I.S.S. Chef Anthony Crocenzi, who was born and raised in Chicago and immersed in the downtown culinary scene for more than 10 years, will replicate the unique flavors of the area by incorporating and utilizing a process to create the same composition of water used in Chicago pizzerias. With this unique flavor of water, it will play a role in how the hot dogs and sausages taste.

With granite countertops and a modern interior, K.I.S.S.’s environment will provide an upscale, unique setting for guests.

For more information about K.I.S.S., visit its Facebook page.

K.I.S.S.
7117 E. 3rd Ave., Scottsdale
(480) 945-5551
Hours:
Monday – Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Date Night: Scottsdale Living Magazine

Date Night: Elan Style, Jo Paris Salon, Posh And More

Date Night: 10 hot tips to create the perfect night out


Getting dressed

Date Night: Winter 2012Elan Style offers a sophisticated mix of contemporary clothing and accessories for every budget, all in a comfortable setting for shopping and socializing. Easily find that great outfit for a night out with the girls, the perfect sexy dress for that hot date or a fun accessory to complete your look.
15147 N. Scottsdale Rd., #H-103, Scottsdale
(480) 941-5575
azelanstyle.com


The perfect shoes

Date Night: Winter 2012Whether you want to make a fashion statement on your dinner date or need the proper shoes for an active date, E & J’s Designer Shoe Outlet carries your favorite designers. Whether you are looking for that Cinderella glass-slipper or something to keep your tootsies in comfort on a hike, you will find an abundance of styles and colors to choose from. To complement shoe choices, top quality handbags are also available.
8666 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale
(480) 607-0170
ejshoes.com


Primp and circumstance

Date Night: Winter 2012When you think of fashion, you think of Paris. That is why Jo from Jo Paris Salon & Spa is the perfect person to turn to before a date for cutting-edge and up-to-the moment hair styling, colors, French balayages, Brazilian blowouts, nail services or extensions. Jo developed his signature style and technique by learning from the masters in Paris before opening his Scottsdale salon.
14202 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 663-8994
joparissalon.com


Relax before the big night

Date Night: Winter 2012Based on the Native American belief that turquoise is a color of protection and good energy, the Turquoise Wrap Golden Door Spa at The Boulders Resort includes an invigorating body exfoliation, a warm turquoise clay wrap, an application of moisturizing honey butter and a harmonizing rain-stick ritual, the perfect treatment to relax you before your date.
N. Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree
(480) 595-3500
theboulders.com


Last-chance workout

Date Night: Winter 2012What better way to prepare for the Valentine’s dating season than with yoga classes to make you feel good about yourself and your health? Blissful Yoga, with a new location in the Scottsdale Quarter, is the perfect place to get your mind, body and soul right before date night. Yoga not only helps for relaxation and health purposes, but it also results in more energy, a happier mood and better focus, among other beneficial things.
15037 N. Scottsdale Rd., #155, Scottsdale
(480) 636-7661
blissfulyoga.net


Fun and food

Date Night: Winter 2012POSH is an improvisational, no-menu restaurant in the heart of Downtown Scottsdale operated by Chef Joshua Hebert. It’s fine dining, but has a relaxed atmosphere with an open kitchen so you can watch the chefs in action. The improvisational component — Posh offers a list of main ingredients, requesting you to cross off which items you dislike, then its creative chefs surprise you with the remaining selections — offers an alternative to traditional restaurants and is definitely a good place to impress your date.
7167 E. Rancho Vista Dr., #111, Scottsdale
(480) 663-7674
poshscottsdale.com


Smile, you’re on a date

Date Night: Winter 2012Laughter can be both the best medicine and the best date. Stand-up, Scottsdale! — the brainchild of ASU grad Howard Hughes — brings some of the most edgy and popular comedians from shows such as “Chelsea Lately” and Comedy Central for evenings filled with high-octane laughs. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
6820 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale
(480) 882-0730
standupscottsdale.com


Join the club

Date Night: Winter 2012Cream Stereo Lounge is a high-intensity entertainment club with Dynacord sound and an eight-foot Roman bathtub inside the venue that displays tasteful, yet enticing visual entertainment to complement the extraordinary sound system and CO2 dance floor.
4252 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale
(480) 717-6000
creamstereolounge.com


Drink and dessert

Date Night: Winter 2012There are two great ways to end a perfect date: either with dessert or a nightcap. Lee’s Cream Liqueur Ice Cream Parlor in Old Town Scottsdale lets you do both with alcohol-infused ice cream. Featured among the flavors of adults-only ice cream is margarita, appletini, chocolate swirl, strawberry daiquiri, limoncello, Long Island tea, piña colada and champagne. They’re priced at $3.75 for one scoop, $5 for two.
7137 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale
(480) 429-5337
leescreamliqueur.com


Get home safe

Date Night: Winter 2012Thinking of enjoying date night with a few drinks or too many scoops of Lee’s Cream Liqueur Ice Cream? Clean Air Cab is the smart and sustainable option for getting you and your date home safe and sound!
(480) 777-9777
cleanaircab.com


Scottsdale Winter Magazine Winter 2012

Majerle's Old Town, AZRE January/February 2011

Retail: Majerle's Old Town Scottsdale


MAJERLE’S OLD TOWN SCOTTSDALE

Developer: Majerle Group/Triyar Companies
General contractor: Alexander Building Co.
Architect: Reece Angel Rowe Architects
Location: 
 SEC Camelback and Saddlebag, Scottsdale
Size: 4,500 SF

A fourth Majerle’s Sports Grill will join Valley locations in Phoenix, Chandler and Goodyear. The $1.2M Scottsdale location will be part of a 3-tenant project scheduled to open 1Q 2011.

AZRE January/February 2011

Jimmy Woos

Jimmy Woo’s Doesn’t Disappoint In Old Town Scottsdale

If you crave excellent Mexican, Italian, Contemporary American, or even old-fashioned ice cream, Old Town Scottsdale has always been the place to go.  With P.F. Chang’s dominating the Chinese food scene a few blocks down at Scottsdale Fashion Square, there has never been a reason to venture into Old Town for Chinese cuisine … until now.

Jimmy Woo’s Chinese Food will be the new staple of Old Town. With great food and a great atmosphere that runs from lunch until midnight, Jimmy Woo’s is ideal for the curious tourist and late night clubber. With a color scheme of red and black, the restaurant has an indoor and outdoor bar, perfect for casual hors d’oeuvres and drinks.  The low lighting inside provides a great ambience and a social atmosphere. After taking a look around inside, our party was seated outside. I was a little weary at first, thinking it would be loud, with the patio near the street. It was surprisingly quiet.

When first seated, my dining companions were served green tea. Not expecting this, I thought it was very charming. The tea was very good; not big fans of green tea, my dining companions and I were very surprised.

We started off with appetizers, the Pork Dumplings and Wonton Soup. The Wonton Soup was delicious, the chicken broth providing lots of flavor. The texture was also fantastic with a stark contrast between the hot broth and the slippery, smooth wonton, filled with minced pork. Next up, were the Pork Dumplings. Very similar to pot stickers, these dumplings can be served steamed or pan fried. We had them steamed.  They were good – until I tried them in the sauce that came with them. Made of soy and scallions, it made these dumplings absolutely mouthwatering.

For the entrée we were served the Kung Poa Shrimp, General Woo’s Chicken, and Woo’s Noodles. When picking our favorite entree, my dining partners and I differed.  Two of us were thrilled with the shrimp, while the other hogged the chicken the entire night.

I loved the shrimp and thought it had fantastic flavor. It had a very subtle smoked flavor, mixed in with the peanuts, dried chili peppers, and onions. It was seafood without that real fishy flavor. Perfect for my taste buds.

One of my dining companions loved the chicken because it was sweet and spicy. The scallions added an extra kick with the sweet and spicy sauce.

The noodle dish came in third because it just wasn’t spicy enough for our taste buds.  We all thought the egg noodles in a chili bean sauce needed an extra kick. For those of you who aren’t a huge fan of spicy food, Woo’s Noodles would be perfect.

For dessert, we tried Jimmy’s Sweet Puffs. Fried wontons filled with raspberry or chocolate custard, they were very light and flavorful, complimenting our meal.

By the end of the night, I was completely satisfied with my flavorful meal. I recommend Jimmy Woo’s Chinese Food to anyone with an inclination for Chinese food in the Old Town Scottsdale area.

giesha a go go sushi

Geisha A Go Go Serves Up A Japanese View Of The West

When life-sized posters of iconic rock stars line the bar — in this case, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Sid Vicious — you know you’re in for a wild ride.

A colorful hallway filled with neon-lit, arcade-style games marks the entryway. The dark wood walls and stone-like floors, along with a large boulder directly in the middle of the floor, make up the eclectic mood of the place. It’s clear as soon as you walk in that Geisha A Go Go is not your typical Japanese restaurant. Instead, it is a Westernized twist on the Japanese lifestyle.

On the cozy, intimate patio space, we had a front row seat to the action on Old Town Scottsdale’s streets. But people-watching aside, we dove right into the menu to begin our evening. With two pages of appetizers it was difficult to choose, so we selected a variety of items including edamame, Japanese pork dumplings, and shrimp and vegetable tempura. Pretty soon we were on a roll — literally — sampling what Geisha A Go Go had to offer. We began with some traditional choices, and the California, yellowtail, rainbow, soft shell crab and tuna rolls disappeared quickly. After scanning the menu to decide which rolls to order next, I spied the Gaijin roll, described as “an Asian twist on the chimichanga” and I realized that we were in for a Japanese dining experience like no other.

Much like the whimsical décor of the restaurant itself, the sushi rolls were quite an adventure for the palate. And there’s more where the Gaijin roll came from; other unique rolls had names such as Red Samurai, Harajuku Lover and even the Pokemon topped with Fritos — yesFritos! At Geisha A Go Go, no flavor combination is off-limits and we plunged into these exotic concoctions. One of the favorites of the table was the Dragonball made with shrimp tempura, crab mix, salmon, avocado, spicy mayo and unagi sauce, topped with masaga and scallions. This bright orange delectable was a feast for the eyes and mouth.

The namesake roll of the restaurant was also a hit — a balance of both sweet and spicy flavors with lobster tempura, crab mix, avocado, and even cream cheese, all wrapped up with soy paper.

After what seemed like an endless array of rolls, sweet tempura ice cream, a cinnamon banana crisp and smoothsake rounded out our dizzying journey of flavors.

Geisha A Go Go is definitely not your average sushi restaurant nor is it trying to be. In addition to some of the most interesting sushi combinations you can think of, Geisha A Go Go offers private karaoke rooms available for rental. The restaurant is the perfect place to start your night off with some appetizers and drinks or for a casual lunch. Either way, the food, the atmosphere and the service form a winning combination.

Chef Eddie Matney Returns With Eddie's House, 2008

Chef Eddie Matney Returns With Eddie’s House

Chef Eddie Matney, Eddie's House, AZ Business Magazine Oct. 2008

The Valley’s original celebrity chef, Eddie Matney, would like to invite you to his house for dinner. Well, it’s not his actual house, but at Eddie’s House, Matney’s newest Valley restaurant, it’s like eating home cooking as only this chef can make it.

It’s been a couple of years since Matney had an eatery in town that bears his moniker, but the wait was well worth it. Eddie’s House in Old Town Scottsdale combines all the things Matney is famous for, plus some new and comforting elements.

Overall, the decor strives for a stylish, but inviting and casual vibe. Those who sit at the head of the table get to relax in large, comfortable armchairs upholstered in a mix of leather and green and purple striped fabric.

But you don’t go to Eddie’s House for decorating tips. You go there for the food, and once again, Matney doesn’t disappoint. His food has always lived in a region where America meets the Mediterranean.

The appetizers reflect all of these influences. Matney’s flatbread and tartar starters change daily. The day my party went, the flatbread was topped with smoked salmon and roasted garlic, while the tartar selection was a tuna blend that had my dining companions raving.

We followed that with the soup and salad portion of the dinner. I jumped at what the menu dubbed the “serious” lobster bisque cappuccino. Unlike other bisques that tend to have a cream base, this lobster bisque appeared to be made primarily of a lobster stock that allowed the sweet, rich taste of the lobster meat chunks inside to really shine.

On to the entrees, where Matney kept to his tradition of hearty portions. The special that night was a pork chop dish, which quickly became a favorite at the table. The chops were tender and tasty, with everyone claiming more than one bite. Another favorite was the bacon-infused meatloaf. Oh Eddie, you had me at bacon. Add to that Yukon gold mashed potatoes and onion strings and we all forgot our diets that night.

Arizona Business Magazine October 2008 Cover

Earning special notice was the EHC or Eddie’s House Chicken. The chicken was cooked to perfection, but what captured everyone’s attention wasthe presentation. While the breast was served on a dish, the legs and thighs were placed in a small, whimsical ceramic “basket” painted to look like a bucket of chicken from that famous colonel.

Although I thought I couldn’t eat another bite, dessert is de rigueur for me. The dessert that earned the most “ooos” and “ahhhs” was the crème brûlée, so rich and sweet and surprisingly light. While the crème brûlée was very good, my personal favorite was the baked chocolate pudding topped with whipped cream. It was almost like a mousse. I became even fonder of the dessert after Matney told the story behind it; he was inspired by his memories of his mother making a similar dish while he was growing up. How appropriate for a restaurant named Eddie’s House.

www.eddieshouseaz.com