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The Luhrs endures: Adaptive reuse, retail breathe life into iconic downtown building

Nestled among the steel and glass high rises in downtown Phoenix, the Luhrs Building stands as a symbol of the iconic brick-and-mortar structures that once graced the inner city.

As the City of Phoenix embraces the concept of adaptive reuse, the Luhrs Building, constructed in 1924 at a cost of $553,000, is part of this trend to repurpose existing buildings with retail or office additions.

According to the City of Phoenix website, the number of adaptive reuse projects – renovating buildings and turning them into new spaces – has increased since it started its adaptive reuse program in 2008. There were 17 projects in the first year. That number jumped to 48 in 2013.

“Historic, unique buildings are excellent prospects for adaptive reuse,” says Summer Jackson, associate director with the retail services division at Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona, the brokerage firm handling the retail leasing assignment for the Luhrs Building.

“Many restaurateurs are taking advantage of these spaces to create new concepts that cater to the demand in the area. It’s an opportunity to do something innovative – something different,” Jackson adds.

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Bitter & Twisted

One such establishment that has taken advantage of the opportunity is the Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour, 1 W. Jefferson. Owner Ross Simon says he was looking for a space with a great history and some genuine “wow factor.” A space, he says, that had a real city feel for a concept that would be at home in any major city around the world.

“Also something that could lend itself well to the cocktail-centric concept,” Simon adds.

Adaptive reuse is evident elsewhere around Phoenix. Some of the more notable examples include:
>> Culinary Dropout at the Yard, a former motorcycle dealership built in the 1950s on 7th Street;

>> Taco Guild at Old School O7, the former Bethel Methodist church on Osborn Road;

>> Southern Rail and Changing Hands bookstore at the Newtown Phx, the former Beef Eaters restaurant built in 1961 on Camelback Road;

>> Windsor and Churn, which share a restored 1940s building on Central Ave.

“Consumers are looking for an experience,” says Courtney Auther Van Loo, Associate Director with the Retail Services Division at Cushman & Wakefield. “While maintaining historical architecture styles and a building’s unique iconography, developers and tenants have created one-of-a-kind experiences and breathed new life into these landmarks. This style of reuse combines a contemporary feel with a touch of the classic.”

When he was selecting a site, Simon says he wasn’t necessarily looking for a space in an adaptive reuse project. “But after I revisited the space and thought about the layout a bit more to know it would work, I was sold on it,” he says.

Bitter & Twisted, as well as Subway sandwich shop have become retail tenants at the Luhrs Building.

“I had a real idea of what I wanted the overall place to look and feel like from an operational standpoint and from a guest experience point of view,” says Simon, who adds that Bar Napkins Production worked on the initial layout and all the architectural plans. Southwest Architectural Builders was the general contractor.

As the light rail whizzes by the Luhrs Building on Jefferson, it’s evident a sense of “newness” is also being felt downtown. An $80 million, 19-story hotel – the 320-room Luhrs City Center Marriott – breaks ground later this year at the northwest corner of Madison Street and Central Avenue.

The project is being developed by the Hansji Corporation of Anaheim, Calif. It’s the same family-owned company that purchased the “Luhrs Block” in 2007.  For the past 38 years, Hansji Corp. has developed more than 2MSF of office, retail and hotel space.

“It (the Luhrs Block, which also includes the Luhrs Tower) was really our first historical building,” says company President Rajan Hansji. “We knew it was something special. You can’t recreate this. It’s history. It gave me a new appreciation (for historical properties).”

Hansji says he is pleased with the outcome of Bitter & Twisted and its historical feel, including exposed original walls and beams.

“That corner is going to define the block,” Hansji says. “It (Bitter & Twisted) will be the catalyst for the rest of the block. It’s an amazing and unique space. The hotel’s exterior will utilize different brick colors and utilize the Luhrs’ history.”

TheDuce

Foodie Friday: Where to Play With Your Food

The Duce

525 S. Central Avenue

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The Duce in downtown Phoenix combines a vintage lounge atmosphere with an assortment of All-American snacks, cocktails and fare. The repurposed warehouse is so much more than a bar — from a boxing ring, to picnic tables stacked with vintage board games, a kitchen in an airstream trailer and an army surplus store with Etsy-ish arts and crafts speckled throughout. Whether you’re DD or enjoying your spiked lemonade from a mason jar, The Duce will have you entertained for hours. The Duce has created such a unique environment that it appeared on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

The Yard

5632 N. 7th St.

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Fox Restaurant Concepts opened an second Culinary Dropout location in Arizona, but with the new location came a new name and a new twist. The Yard still has a delicious menu that is very similar to its Scottsdale counterpart, but it offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The Yard, a repurposed auto warehouse, is also home to a grassy plot for fun and games as well as alternative dining at Little Cleo’s.

Bad Mother Cluckers

26 E. University Dr.

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The Valley has multiple restaurants that specialize in chicken, including Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles, Raising Cane’s and Bad Mother Cluckers. Just like Lo-Lo’s uses its addition of delicious waffles to distinguish its menu, Bad Mother Cluckers provides a giant version of the classic game“Jenga” and encourages a side of healthy competition with your finger-licking good chicken.

Saddle Ranch

9375 W. Coyotes Blvd., Glendale

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In the mood to ride a bull or cook some s’mores over an open fire? Glendale’s Saddle Ranch, a western rock ‘n’ roll themed restaurant, describes itsself with three words that encompass the entire experience: “Steaks, Bulls and Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Saddle Ranch not only has an extensive menu with western references but provides a venue that would lend itself to a night on the town with the girls or a fun first date.

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The Yard Revs Up at 7th and Montebello as Fox Restaurant Concepts Continues Growing

 

It’s been called Sam Fox’s most ambitious project yet, the 53,000 SF space dubbed “The Yard,” featuring the rebel-child, Culinary Dropout.

It recently opened its garage doors to the public at 7th St. just south of Montebello. Fox Restaurant Concepts and WDP Partners spent the past year transforming the old Ducati and Kawasaki garage and dealership.

General contractors were TK Interior Construction (interior and play area) and Urban Edge Builders (shell). The architect was RSP Architects.

The new space will give neighbors and the community a new urban hangout with their favorite modernized gastro-pub food made fresh every day, massive patio with a beer garden atmosphere, ample parking and live music featured every weekend.

The concept will also give restaurant goers a 1,400 SF turf for those favorite Yard and patio games such as ping pong and cornhole. Fox’s soulful Culinary Dropout will be followed by Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend, a new seafood and oyster bar concept scheduled to open in mid-March.

Plans are also in the works to later add future retail at the urban center. Fox gives AZRE readers more insight on how his most ambitious project to date came about.

Q: One doesn’t normally think of redeveloping an old motorcycle store and garage into a restaurant mecca. Who came up with the idea and what were your initial thoughts about it?

A: Along with our partners, it was the area that was really interesting to us. Repurposing an old motorcycle garage was fun. The design was driven by much of the original space – cool big doors, high ceilings, etc. Definitely very unique.

rsz_sam_at_the_yard_approvedQ: The site has an enormous metal canopy overhanging much of the site. How do you intend to incorporate it into the design?

A: It’s integral to everything we are doing. We constantly talk about the importance of shade when developing most anything in the Valley. Re-using a gigantic metal canopy may become the most unusual shade structure in Arizona. It gives the project that much more personality and functionality and helps create an outdoor living room feel at The Yard.

Q: There has been a substantial amount of redevelopment activity in central Phoenix on 7th and Central avenues, but not so much on 7th Street. Do you see this project starting a trend?

A: Absolutely. The demographics in and around 7th Street are terrific and the traffic counts zooming by the site each day are staggering. We hope that if The Yard is successful, it will encourage additional investment in the area.

Q: Is this the first joint venture between Fox Restaurant Concepts and WDP Partners? Are others planned?

A: It is our first venture. We have all known each other for a long time and this project presented itself as an obvious opportunity for collaboration. As for the future let’s see how successful The Yard goes first!

Q: Following an initial emphasis on the Northeast Valley the company is putting more emphasis in Phoenix of late with the Arrogant Butcher in downtown and an expanded North concept on 40th Street. What prompted the big moves into Phoenix?

A: Opportunity. To be an anchor restaurant at such an important project in downtown Phoenix like CityScape. To be a part of an amazing, local restaurant concentration as exists on 40th Street. And to help blaze a redevelopment trail on 7th Street is challenging and intriguing.

 

 

 

 

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Culinary Dropout comes Central Phoenix

Start revving your engines what’s been called Sam Fox’s most ambitious project yet, the 53,000-urban-square foot spaced dubbed “The Yard” featuring the rebel-child, Culinary Dropout, opens its garage doors to the public at 11:00 a.m. on February 11th, 2013 on 7th Street just south of Montebello.

Fox Restaurant Concepts and WDP Partners have transformed the old Ducati and Kawasaki garage and dealership on 7th Street. The new space will give neighbors and the community a new urban hangout with their favorite modernized gastro-pub food made fresh every day, massive patio with a beer garden atmosphere, ample parking and live music featured every weekend.

“We believe Culinary Dropout is the perfect fit for this cool, eclectic 7th street neighborhood, right in the middle of North Central Phoenix,” said Sam Fox, Fox Restaurant Concepts’ Founder.  “We hope our new neighbors enjoy the pub style appetizers, favorite dishes like our fried chicken, draft beer and cocktails, with family and friends every day of the week.”

Fox’s soulful Culinary Dropout will open first at “The Yard” on February 11th followed by Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend, a new seafood and oyster bar concept scheduled to open in mid-March.  Plans are also in the works to later add future merchants at the urban center.

Those looking for a way to work up an appetite can join in one of several entertaining lawn games like Ping Pong, Cornhole and Tetherball on “The Yard’s” 1,400-square-foot turf.

“We want ‘The Yard’ to eventually be the place in North Central Phoenix you come early in the morning to enjoy your coffee outside in our yard, meet for a business lunch, return for happy hour on the patio, stay for dinner at one of the restaurants and then enjoy lawn games as the night winds down,” said Fox.

Long time Fox Restaurant Chef Andrew Ashmore will serve as the Culinary Dropout’s Chef.  With the guidance of Culinary Dropout Partner, Clint Woods, Ashmore will be the driving force behind the development of the menus and recipes.

“This will be an adventure and undoubtedly the biggest challenge of my career,” said Ashmore.  “I’m excited to start assembling my team and really give some other upcoming chefs a start in the business.”

Fox Restaurant Concepts hired 75 new team members during a job fair held in Mid-January. A series of neighborhood, local business and school/PTO parties will be held for various charities leading up to opening.

The Yard is located at 5632 N. 7th street (Just South of Bethany Home) in Phoenix, Arizona 85014. Phone number: 602-680-4040.

For more information visit http://www.foxrc.com/.

The Yard

Culinary Dropout coming to Central Phoenix

Start revving your engines what’s been called Sam Fox’s most ambitious project yet, the 53,000-urban-square foot spaced dubbed “The Yard” featuring the rebel-child, Culinary Dropout, opens its garage doors to the public at 11:00 a.m. on February 11th, 2013 on 7th Street just south of Montebello.

Fox Restaurant Concepts and WDP Partners have transformed the old Ducati and Kawasaki garage and dealership on 7th Street. The new space will give neighbors and the community a new urban hangout with their favorite modernized gastro-pub food made fresh every day, massive patio with a beer garden atmosphere, ample parking and live music featured every weekend.

“We believe Culinary Dropout is the perfect fit for this cool, eclectic 7th street neighborhood, right in the middle of North Central Phoenix,” said Sam Fox, Fox Restaurant Concepts’ Founder.  “We hope our new neighbors enjoy the pub style appetizers, favorite dishes like our fried chicken, draft beer and cocktails, with family and friends every day of the week.”

Fox’s soulful Culinary Dropout will open first at “The Yard” on February 11th followed by Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend, a new seafood and oyster bar concept scheduled to open in mid-March.  Plans are also in the works to later add future merchants at the urban center.

Those looking for a way to work up an appetite can join in one of several entertaining lawn games like Ping Pong, Cornhole and Tetherball on “The Yard’s” 1,400-square-foot turf.

“We want ‘The Yard’ to eventually be the place in North Central Phoenix you come early in the morning to enjoy your coffee outside in our yard, meet for a business lunch, return for happy hour on the patio, stay for dinner at one of the restaurants and then enjoy lawn games as the night winds down,” said Fox.

Long time Fox Restaurant Chef Andrew Ashmore will serve as the Culinary Dropout’s Chef.  With the guidance of Culinary Dropout Partner, Clint Woods, Ashmore will be the driving force behind the development of the menus and recipes.

“This will be an adventure and undoubtedly the biggest challenge of my career,” said Ashmore.  “I’m excited to start assembling my team and really give some other upcoming chefs a start in the business.”

Fox Restaurant Concepts hired 75 new team members during a job fair held in Mid-January. A series of neighborhood, local business and school/PTO parties will be held for various charities leading up to opening.

The Yard is located at 5632 N. 7th street (Just South of Bethany Home) in Phoenix, Arizona 85014. Phone number: 602-680-4040.

For more information visit http://www.foxrc.com/.

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Culinary Dropout At The Yard To Hire 75

Work at Fox Restaurant Concepts’ newest and biggest project, “The Yard,” located in North Central Phoenix. The transformed motorcycle shop near 7th St. and Bethany Home will house Culinary Dropout, which will open mid-February and is currently looking for experienced people who love to work and dine. Positions include servers, bartenders, hosts, cooks and dishwashers.

Culinary Dropout will begin the hiring process on Monday, January 14, 2013 and are looking for the following:

  • People passionate about food and drink and who know what it means to really take care of their guests.
  • People who spend their off-hours from cooking/bartending, talking about cooking/bartending, or being cooked for and being served drinks.
  • People who work with style.
  • People who are likely to request time off of work to go to concerts/play shows.
  • People who are regulars at: knife shops, concert venues, bars and restaurants, vintage clothing stores, First Friday events, cooking clubs, supper clubs and bartending events.

“The Yard” is a backyard, front porch and kitchen all rolled into one. This neighborhood-inspired project will occupy what once was the Ducati and Kawasaki motorcycle garage and dealership in the North Central Phoenix area. The authentic look of the motorcycle garage will be preserved while also presenting a unique and energetic atmosphere in the outdoor yard.

For more information about Culinary Dropout and “The Yard,” or to download an application, visit foxrc.com.

Culinary Dropout: 75 positions available

When: Monday, January 14, 2013, 9 a.m. –  5 p.m.
Tuesday, January 15, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, January 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: “The Yard” (old Kawasaki garage and dealership)
5632 N. 7th St., Phoenix

Fox Restaurant Concepts' "The Yard" coming soon to Phoenix.

Sam Fox's Newest Project Invites All To Drink, Eat And Play At “The Yard”

Sam Fox, owner of Fox Restaurant Concepts, is at it again. In early 2013, be on the lookout for Fox’s newest project, “The Yard.”

In conjuction with WDP Partners, Fox is redeveloping a section of 7th Street south of Montebello in Phoenix. The Yard, a neighborhood-inspired project, will occupy what once was the Ducati and Kawasaki motorcycle garage and dealership in the North Central "Coming Soon" sign at The Yard.Phoenix area. The authentic look of the motorcycle garage will be preserved while also presenting a unique and energetic atmosphere in the outdoor yard. In fact, a “Coming Soon” sign has just been unveiled at the old garage.

“This is going to be the neighborhood place you come at seven in the morning to enjoy your coffee outside in our enormous yard, meet for a business lunch meeting, return for happy hour on the patio, stay for dinner at one of the restaurants, and then enjoy lawn games as the night winds down,” Fox says.

The Yard will include Culinary Dropout, a gastro-pub in the Scottsdale area; Fish House and Oyster Bar, which is on track to open soon after the opening of The Yard and Culinary Dropout early 2013; and more merchants scheduled to open later in the year.

“We believe our neighborhood yard concept will appeal to all ages and really be a place that transforms from morning to night,” Fox says.

Fox and WDP Partners may also be on the front lines of a possible redevelopment boom on 7th Street.

The Yard will be located at 5632 N. 7th street in Phoenix. For more information about The Yard and Fox Restaurant Concepts, visit foxrc.com.