True North Studio (TNS) Lifestyle announces Josephine, an original restaurant concept, which is slated to open in the heart of Roosevelt Row Arts District in January. Led by TNS Lifestyle and Executive Chef Ryan Pitt, Josephine will offer an elevated, yet approachable dining experience with a focus on globally-inspired cuisine, an extensive wine program and an imaginative cocktail menu. From the food to the design and vibe, Josephine will encompass aspects of cultures from around the world and will be an urban oasis providing an escape from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Phoenix.
The chef-driven concept will be directed by Pitt, previously award-winning Chef de Cuisine at Café Monarch, who has curated a menu designed to take guests on a culinary adventure. It will consist of both small and large plates intended for sharing, utilizing high-quality ingredients and traditional French cooking techniques combined with global flavors. The beverage program offers a cocktail menu blending French-inspired classics with subtle nods to cultures around the world. In addition, an impressive list of top-tier spirits and a bespoke wine program with small production labels, French-inspired domestic wines and a food-focused import list also will be available.
“Having the opportunity to bring culturally inspired food and flavors from around the world to Phoenix excites me,” said Pitt. “I’ve been hungry to helm a restaurant that enables me to do that and TNS Lifestyle not only supports, but shares my vision for Josephine.”
Housed in a matte-black bungalow built in 1919, the adaptive reuse project is located on Portland Street next door to the new Cambria Hotel. The interior design of Josephine will offer a monochromatic stark white contrast to the exterior and is inspired by a new-fashioned take on French mod culture. The original exposed brick walls will be brought to life with large format art. Soft lighting and exquisite details will create an elegant, yet comfortable ambiance for groups, meetings or date night dining.
Tucked away behind Josephine will be Coup de Grâce, the dark and mysterious 1970’s Parisian inspired cocktail bar. It will be lit by a red neon glow and covered in risqué art and murals. The back patio will be designed to look like an edgy French alley, set with vintage black bistro sets and covered in ivy. Coup de Grâce will stay open later than Josephine, serving up molecular twists on classic cocktails with a focus on whiskey and absinthe until 1 a.m.
Josephine is currently looking to hire 25 team members for all front and back of house positions. The restaurant will be hosting a hiring open house on Monday, Dec. 16 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Interested parties can apply in person or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.