Downtown Phoenix Archives

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A new family-run pizzeria has opened in Downtown Phoenix. While it’s still finding its footing, it’s jumping off to a tasty start. Located on the corner of Van Buren Street and Fifth Avenue next to We’ve Got Flowers! is the new Via Della Slice Shop. Its housed in a historical warehouse, which I discovered after scrolling back through Via Della’s Instagram. I learned that the building was originally built in the 1920s as a car...

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Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at the Hotel Palomar in Downtown Phoenix has long been lauded for its creative cocktail program and deftly executed New American dishes. Now, the restaurant has a new chef, who recently revamped the menu to reflect the vibrancy and energy of its location and quality ingredients from local farmers. Blue Hound also launched an all-new drink lineup, a coterie of cocktails that pair perfectly with the thoughtful fare coming out...

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Downtown Phoenix’s Steele Indian School Park is home to many special events throughout the year, including this month’s Fabulous Phoenix Fourth. If a group of Valley veterans has its way, it will also soon be home to a new “museum monument.” The USS Phoenix Cold War Monument will feature salvaged parts of the USS Phoenix attack submarine and chronicle the United States Navy’s submarine force’s contributions to the Cold War between 1946-1991. The group is...

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This week we are spotlighting three new murals in Downtown Phoenix.   Photo by Aimee Smith    By El Mac and Thomas “Breeze” Marcus  This multi-story mural is located in the alley south of Monroe Street and First Avenue. El Mac is responsible for the portrait while Thomas “Breeze” Marcus tackled the surrounding detailing. The mural is a nod to the Indigenous history of Phoenix. The girl depicted is a real teenager from the Salt...

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Photo by Aimee Smith   Stoop Kid is a new concept housed in The Churchill in Downtown Phoenix. It offers bagels in the morning and burgers in the afternoon and evening. The menu is short, but you’ll still have a hard time choosing between options like the Money Shot (spicy bacon jam shmear, marinated tomatoes, Tillamook cheddar, soft scramble and a hash cake on an asiago bagel), Egg Thee Scallion (scallion and Parmesan shmear, soft...

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The Central Avenue location of Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles is home to two new Black History Matters murals. The murals are part of the Black History Month Mural Project spearheaded by Gizette Knight. One mural depicts baseball legends Willard Brown, Jackie Robinson and Willie Wells. Willard Brown by @creation80 Jackie Robinson by @artthoutiffany Willie Wells by @evolvingthroughart The other hits closer to home, depicting chefs Lucille B. Smith, Leah Chase, and Mrs. White. Mrs. White...

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James Beard-honored mixologist Kim Haasarud has worked with hundreds of liquor brands, restaurants and hotels to create one-of-a-kind cocktail programs across the globe. She established her beverage consulting company, Liquid Architecture, nearly two decades ago and recently created The Cocktail Collaborative (nicknamed “The Lab”), a Phoenix-based nonprofit that serves as a space for budding beverage professionals to hone their mixology skills. Now, she’s helming a homegrown hospitality concept in the heart of Phoenix, with an...

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Downtown Phoenix Inc. is dedicated to maintaining the unique vibe of the city center. Since last summer, it has been supplying small business supporters with free shirts, hats, masks and tote bags through its Buy & Fly program. Now, the organization is creating a little more buzz – by throwing locally roasted coffee into the mix. Through the Buy & Fly initiative, Downtown Phoenix Inc. encourages residents and visitors to support local coffee shops while...

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Keep your eyes peeled and your palate poised for these eateries slated to open this year. Bourbon & Bones This contemporary steakhouse will debut a second location in Gilbert’s San Tan Village with a larger bar area, more private dining space and an outdoor patio lounge.  (January 2021) Broth & Bao The long-awaited Broth & Bao from Born & Raised Hospitality (Clever Koi, Fellow Osteria & Pizzeria and Across the Pond) will offer build-your-own ramen...

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Last May, we chronicled about a handful of Valley animal rescues who had been severely affected due to the influx of displaced animals and loss of resources due to the impact COVID-19. This month, we received a twinkle of good news. La Gattara Cat Lounge and Boutique, which lost its space in April, has found a new home and will reopen in the heart of Downtown Phoenix this weekend. To celebrate, the rescue is hosting a socially...

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