Developer, SB2-VB, LLC announced their Live+Work+Play development, Verde At Cooley Station, will be adding four dining concepts to their modern main street community located at Williams Field and S. Recker Road. Verde at Cooley Station is excited to welcome Crust Simply Italian, Ostrich Bar, Morning Ritual and Cook & Craft to its first wave of openings in late 2021. The dining hot spots will be joining Obon Sushi + Ramen, West Alley Barbeque, Los Primeros, Cookies & Cream and Vitality Bowls. The developers anticipate announcing 3-4 additional dining concepts in the coming month on their website (

Crust Simply Italian offers fresh and flavorful dishes that have East Coast roots. The menu is designed to be approachable, with large servings of salads, pasta, Italian specialties, and of course pizza. Crust’s signature Pizza, the Rustica, is an authentic style pizza that is delivered in an untraditional shape with true old-world flavors. Staples like Lasagna, Penne alla Vodka, and Chicken Parmigiana are some of the dishes Crust is known for in the community. Whatever is ordered, you know it will be fresh and tastes as good as it looks: Simple and fresh ingredients used to make simple and fresh dishes.

The appreciation for libations, craft beer, and wine served at Crust, also make it popular as a bar which will offer one of the best Happy Hours around. Its Ostrich Bar concept has taken that passion and perfected each cocktail to be genuinely amazing. Exquisite drinks, garnishes, and true mixology makes The Ostrich Cocktail Bar a special place. From the decor to the drinks, you will see and taste a difference when visiting both Crust and The Ostrich.

Also to be introduced at Verde is Crust’s breakfast concept, Morning Ritual, which will offer brunch everyday featuring craft cocktails, and a mimosa bar served with a modern breakfast menu.

Michael Merendino, managing partner, Crust Restaurants, said he “appreciates the opportunity to be a part of the new and amazing Verde community. We are ready to show Gilbert the evolution of Crust Simply Italian, The Ostrich and excited for our new concept, Morning Ritual.”

Cook & Craft is a conscientiously developed, modern American eatery serving locally sourced products and ingredients highlighted in a fresh, flavorful and sophisticated menu. The décor and atmosphere will encourage just “hanging out” much like we might do on weekends in the Valley. Guests will also find vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options throughout the menu. Verde will be the Scottsdale restaurant’s second location.

The development is currently anticipating its initial opening in the 4th quarter of 2021.