Valley wine connoisseurs will have plenty of reason to get into downtown Phoenix this summer. Rott n’ Grapes was voted the No. 1 wine bar in the State of Arizona by Yelp rankings; a leader consumer review site for small businesses. The original wine & beer bar is located in uptown Phoenix on Central Avenue, just south of Camelback Road, and directly below Landmark Towers Luxury Condominiums. SVN Desert Commercial Advisor, Jennifer Hill closed on the most recent lease transaction in December of 2017 for their second location in the Roosevelt Row District, at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Roosevelt Street.

 Co-founders and investors, Patty Gii and Keith Shanks, are excited about the second location at 1001 N. 3rd Avenue. Their second location will introduce a new “Bistro” concept, which will incorporate approximately 35-40 food items served during brunch on the weekend, with lunch and dinner daily. The new bistro will also serve appetizers all day, as well as small plates for kids.  In addition to their wide range combination of National and International wine imports, they will offer more than 50 wines by the glass, which consists of approximately 20 different varietals. The new location will also offer a “bottle shop” concept where patrons have the ability to purchase beer and wine “to go;” which is not a traditional offering by most bistros and restaurants. The new location is in the mix of Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix known for its arts and cultural events, award-winning restaurants, galleries, boutiques and live music. With that being said, the new bistro will also offer live music 2-3 times a month, so this will fit right in with the Roosevelt Row concept.

“Jennifer’s skillful expertise in the commercial real estate marketplace has afforded me the opportunity to make long term decisions about our growth strategies,” said Keith Shanks. “If you can take the “blinders off” and can handle “straight talk”, Jennifer is the Agent Broker you should contact.” Hill is notable for her tenant representation in the valley, especially local restaurant expansion. Rott n’ Grapes is already seeking their third location in the Deer Valley, Arrowhead, or Peoria demographics, and are currently accepting site submissions at SVN.

Hill stated, “Keith and Patty are sharp, honest, and humble people. It has been an honor to get to know them, understand their current and future business model, and go to the mats to over-deliver for them.” Shanks and Gii are the primary owners and investors and they want to make sure every element of their expansion, build out, design concept and unique space offering represents what they would like to experience and what they look for when venturing out to other local establishments in the valley.  SVN senior advisor, Hill is a tenant rep connoisseur herself. “You really need to know your options before you commit as a restaurant owner,” said Hill. “Is this is the right location? Is this saturated? I would rather have those “tough” conversations now and have an over-educated client then for them to get into an undesirable situation down the road.”  Hill prides herself in making the visions of these local restaurants owners come true.

Rott n’ Grapes Bistro also has a basement directly below “The Painters Lounge,” that is currently being converted into a “speakeasy” lounge. Shanks stated, “This space will offer a full array of artisan drinks, in addition to wine, beer, and select appetizers.” Keith and Patty have many ideas still in consideration, a few of which are a VIP Membership offering, as well as adding a second Wine Club Membership to the Roosevelt Row District. In short, SVN Desert Commercial Advisor, Jennifer Hill, will celebrate the summer opening of Rott n’ Grapes Bistro with Keith and Patty by enjoying a fine bottle of bubbly; while at the same time pressing forward with identifying a 3rd location in the north/northwest valley.