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Historic DeSoto Building reopens its doors as community marketplace on April 11th — DeSoto Central Market
The historic DeSoto Building located on Roosevelt and Central Avenue is getting a new lease on life when it reopens on April 11th as DeSoto Central Market. The nearly-90 year-old building has been reimagined and updated with food and socialization in mind. The 17,138 square foot property will retain its Deco-inspired roots housing several restaurants, a coffee shop, a local produce and artisanal market, bar, and a mezzanine level with event and meeting space.
The concept was dreamed up by food enthusiast and DeSoto manager, Shawn Connelly, who felt Downtown Phoenix’s time has come for this type of community gathering space, which has proven popular in other cities like San Francisco (Ferry Building Marketplace), Los Angeles (Grand Central Market), and New York (Chelsea Market). According to Connelly, “Downtown Phoenix has seen tremendous growth recently in all sectors from housing to business, the Roosevelt Row Arts scene to ASU, but it still lacks a central food hub to get the basic grocery goods.” He envisions a spot where downtown dwellers can grab a bite, hold a meeting, relax with some music and attend community events — with plans for cooking classes, wine tastings, and much more.
While his goals are lofty, they ultimately have the community in mind and the execution is quirky, humorous and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Signs on the windows tout the “charming staff” and encourages patrons with the tagline “a delightful place to read, meet or enjoy an old fashioned cocktail.”
Connelly has tapped Stephen Jones, former chef of Blue Hound Kitchen + Cocktails at the Palomar Hotel, to be the head chef of DCM burger bar, Walrus & the Pearl oyster bar and Tea + Toast Co. coffee bar, as well as his own concept, yard bird + the larder. He’ll also oversee the inclusion of new restaurants to the space and work toward the goal of creating what Jones envisions as “a community table” downtown.
The historic DeSoto Building’s 1930s Industrial-era flavor has been preserved and revitalized with a totally modern concept. The interior has been opened up and includes a new mezzanine level meant for group seating and event space. The large family and dog-friendly patio is equipped with lighting, shade cloth, and ample seating where patrons can sit with a cup of coffee or hang out for a game of corn hole or ping pong. Located in the heart of downtown in the Evans Churchill neighborhood, DeSoto is right off Central Avenue adjacent to the Roosevelt light rail stop making it easily accessible by car or public transportation. For the growing downtown population and Grid Bike users, bike parking is abundant.
The soon-to-open grocery will bring much needed fresh produce to downtown Phoenix from McClendon Select Farm, along with other local farmers and growers, and will eventually include artisanal vendors like a butcher, bakery, and cheese monger. The market will also feature artisanal products and pantry goods such as spices, local flour and grains, hot sauce, pickles, paper goods and more.
DeSoto Central Market is home to a diverse mix of eateries and bars catering to the casual diner as well as the hard-to-please foodie. Shawn Connelly conceptualized DeSoto Central Market as an incubator for new and upcoming culinary talent in the Valley. The idea: creating small, ready-to-go kitchens, so up-and-coming chefs have the opportunity to test their culinary ideas.
“It is a place that we developed in such a way that foodprenuers can come in and for a fraction of the cost to start-up somewhere else, can get their start on their dream”
The space will feature seven culinary choices ranging from burgers to more eclectic fare (think Mexican/Asian) that will cater to a variety of ages and palettes. Patrons can order inside, or at an outdoor walk-up window, and then dine at the bar, on the patio or on the mezzanine level.
- DCM – The DeSoto Central Market burger bar serves fancy egg burgers in the AM or a variety of artisan burgers thereafter. Also available: Craft beers, wine and cocktails.
- Tea & Toast Co. – Get your morning (or afternoon, or evening) coffee or specialty tea paired with pastries or an array of savory and sweet toasts.
- Walrus & the Pearl – This mostly-raw bar features fresh oysters — but also serves other seafood favorites like ceviche and poke.
- yard bird + the larder — Chef Stephen Jones (formerly chef at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at Hotel Palomar) reinvents some Southern and New American favorites; think fried chicken skin po-boy or black eyed peas and rice.
- Radish — Radish is a farm-to-table, fast- casual restaurant serving delicious salads and cold-pressed juices. Environmentally conscious and supportive of healthy lifestyles, Radish invites you EAT RAD + DRINK RAD + BE RAD.
- Adobo Dragon — Chef Allan Inicencia’s Latin/Asian fusion creations.
Opening Weekend Celebrations
The public is invited to celebrate the grand opening of DeSoto Central Market on April 11th (11am to 11pm) and 12th (11am to 8pm). Guests can expect the full market experience plus pop-up vendors, live music, cocktail tastings, chef demonstrations and specials throughout the 2-day event. A portion of proceeds from the weekend will go to Release The Fear, a non-profit that teaches Arizona’s youth the life skills needed to combat the effects of peer pressure, gang involvement, bullying, abuse, and violence and to make better life choices.
About DeSoto Central Market
Housed in the historic 1928 DeSoto Building on Central and Roosevelt Avenues, the new DeSoto Central Market combines seven diverse restaurant choices, an organic produce market, a deco coffee house and meeting mezzanine in one stylish and easily accessible location.
Creator Shawn Connelly, a 16-year veteran in the food industry, is taking his knowledge and experience of the big market concept to create what he hopes it will hark back to a time where central markets were at the heart of every city. To that end, DeSoto Central Market is a spot where downtown workers and dwellers can grab an egg sandwich or a coffee to-go, meet a friend for a drink on the extensive patio, or pick up some locally-grown tomatoes and a loaf of bread on the way home.
Address: 915 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Hours: 6:30am – 10pm, Monday – Thursday; 6:30am – 11pm, Friday and Saturday; 6:30am – 9pm, Sunday
Images courtesy of DeSoto Central Market.
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Local Developers Team Up to Renovate 1950’s Era Building into “The Colony,” a Vibrant Restaurant & Retail Destination in the Emerging 7th Street Corridor in Central Phoenix
Western Vertical Holdings, a company formed by Bob Agahi and David Sellers, has begun construction on Phase 1 of The Colony, an adaptive re-use project located on 7th Street just north of Missouri Avenue in Phoenix. The Herb Box, innovative world cuisine with locations in Old Town Scottsdale and North Scottsdale; Stock & Stable, an American gastropub by the creators of Clever Koi in Midtown Phoenix; and Pure, a sushi restaurant based in Scottsdale; have already committed to the project and expect to open restaurants at The Colony in November. Additional local concepts are in negotiations to lease space in the 1st phase.
The Colony will be a 22,467-square-foot infill redevelopment built in two phases. The project is located in what is becoming an emerging local restaurant district in Central Phoenix. The first phase of the project is a renovation of a building originally built in the 1950’s, which has stood mostly vacant in recent years. Terry Brodkin of Scottsdale was the owner of that building and is a partner in the first phase of The Colony with Agahi and Sellers. Phase 2 will be a newly built ground up 8,122 square foot building on the north side of the development, which will begin construction this summer and is expected to be open 2nd quarter of 2016.
“The Colony is an example of a market shift of local restaurateurs and retailers wanting to locate in infill areas,” said Dave Sellers, who is also president of LGE Design Build in Phoenix. “Densely populated areas are now more desirable for restaurants and retail businesses than strip centers.” LGE will serve as the general contractor for both phases of the Colony.
The Colony will be just south of The Yard, Sam Fox’s popular multi-restaurant destination which was formerly a motorcycle garage and dealership. The area between Central Avenue and 7th Street, north of Camelback Road and south of Glendale Avenue, is emerging as a destination for dining with The Yard, St. Francis, Postino, Joyride, Federal Pizza, Windsor and Churn locating in the area.
“Our goal is to bring the Best of Local to The Colony. We’ve had numerous overtures from national tenants and we have respectfully declined them every time,” said Bob Agahi. “The passion, creativity and experience you get from a local operator is unparalleled to a national chain.” Agahi is also a partner in Scottsdale-based Triyar Companies.
Stock & Stable is an example of the Best of Local.
“Stock & Stable draws inspiration for design and culture from the nearby historic Murphy Bridle Pass,” said Jared Porter, a chef/owner of Stock & Stable. “Stock & Stable delivers an energetic, comfortable and dynamic mix of food, drink and atmosphere that appeals to all walks of life in a diverse neighborhood setting.”
Michael Rumpeltin, founder of Phoenix-based Brick & West Design, is the project designer. Rumpeltin has designed some of the most high-profile restaurant concepts in the Valley including Culinary Dropout and Little Cleo’s at The Yard Phoenix, Old School 07, Joyride Phoenix, Dakota, Comoncy, Taco Guild and Postino Tempe. “Passion for these food-focused projects is what drives me. They are highly social environments and because the restaurants are local, serve as incredible catalysts for community,” said Rumpeltin.
In April, Sellers and Agahi will develop another project in the immediate area also designed by Rumpeltin, a single tenant building at 7th Street, south of Montebello Avenue, located diagonally across the street from The Colony. A Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana will be the tenant. The existing Planned Parenthood facility will be razed for the new 5,800-square-foot restaurant. That project is slated to open in the 1st quarter of 2016.
Rendering of The Colony courtesy of LGE Desgin Group.
Spring in Arizona brings plenty of all-star players to the desert, but they aren’t all found on a baseball diamond. Some of them are found in the kitchens of Arizona’s best restaurants and this weekend, you’ll find an all-star lineup of the Valley’s top chefs at Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape in downtown Phoenix.
Based on Eight’s award-winning, locally-produced dining show hosted by Chef Robert McGrath, the event will feature an impressive roster of Arizona’s culinary talent, along with samples from more than 25 local restaurants.
Get the stats on the all-star team of chefs slated to appear:
McGrath takes the manager’s role at the event, hosting the Culinary Leadership and James Beard Award Winners panel discussions.
Check, Please! Arizona. Eight, Arizona PBS’s #1 most popular program airs Thursdays and Saturdays.
- Nominated five times by The James Beard Foundation as “Best Chef in America: Southwest” HE WON THE HONOR in 2001.
- Created the Roaring Fork.
- Touted in Food & Wine as one of the Ten Best Chefs in America.
- Author of the popular cookbook, American Western Cooking from the Roaring Fork.
- Chef de cuisine at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin; executive chef of the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston; and chef/owner of Sierra Grill in Houston, and Brio Vista in Austin.
McGrath won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame in 2013.
Pizzeria Bianco, Bar Bianco and Pane Bianco locally; Union Jack’s in London
A James Beard Award-Winner in 2003 and creator of the “Best Pizza in the Country” according to publications like Bon Appétit and Vogue, as well as many celebrity aficionados. Bianco is currently on a mission to bring his organically grown Bianco DiNapoli Tomatoes to food-lovers everywhere.
- Bianco won the James Beard Foundation Honor of Best Chef in America: Southwest in 2003.
- Pizzeria Bianco named best pizza in the country by Bon Appétit, Vogue, and Rachel Ray
- Chef Bianco also travels to London to check in on his restaurant Union Jacks – created with Jamie Oliver.
- His latest endeavor is Bianco DiNapoli Tomatoes. Their mission is to bring you the very best tomatoes that Mother Nature and human ingenuity has to offer. Organically grown, hand selected, grown and processed in California.
Bianco recently birthed a Pizzeria Bianco in Tucson, and a daughter!
Nobuo at Teeter House, 622 E Adams St, Phoenix
Fukuda is a 2007 James Beard Award Winner. Originally hailing from Tokyo, Japan, he’s been delighting Arizona foodies with innovative Japanese cuisine for the past 30 years. At Nobuo, he is famous for his omakase dining experiences, which leaves the menu selection up to the chef.
- Chef Nobuo first gained recognition for his East-meets-West approach at Restaurant Hapa and went on to win the James Beard Award in 2007 when he opened his restaurant Sea Saw.
- At Teeter House, in Heritage Square, Chef Nobuo comes full circle, elevating (and sometimes re-inventing) Japanese cuisine, while offering the same wildly inventive omakase for which he’s famous.
The historic Teeter House is located in the must-see Heritage Square.
Christopher’s and Crush Lounge, 2502 East Camelback Road #102, Phoenix
A longtime Arizona culinary staple, who brings experience from around the world to his kitchen.
- Gross was awarded the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef in America: Southwest” in 1995.
- He has become a dominating figure in the culinary world, consulting regularly for Club Med, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Cruise Lines, Disney and others.
- Featured on panels with Jacques Pepin and Julia Child at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.
- He and his recipes have appeared in numerous cookbooks, including the Julia Child PBS TV series and cookbook “In the Kitchen with Master Chefs.”
- He was a featured chef for the James Beard Foundation Dinner of the Decade, “A Salute to Peter Kump”; and the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games.
Gross has cooked for at least 3 presidents, and many other global leaders.
Crudo, 3603 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix
Campbell’s Crudo has received national acclaim and was named “Chef of the Year” by the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame.
- Chef Cullen Campbell, of Crudo, has quickly made an indelible mark on the Arizona dining scene.
- Since opening In April 2012, Phoenix Magazine named Crudo the #1 new restaurant in Phoenix and food critic Howard Seftel of Gannett’s Arizona Republic gave the restaurant 4.5 stars out of 5.
- USA Today’s 10best.com wrote, ”Sushi sensibility meets traditional Italian flavors at Crudo, Phoenix’s hip Italian cafe specializing in sashimi-style seafood,” while the LA Business Journal raved, “Crudo is a culinary oasis in the Arizona desert.”
- In April, 2013, Chef Cullen was invited to cook dinner at the prestigious James Beard House in NYC as well as named “Chef of the Year” by the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame.
Campbell is set to debut another restaurant this Summer. Stay tuned!
POSH, 7167 E Rancho Vista Dr #111, Scottsdale
Hebert honed his skills at the world famous Zuni Cafe and Cafe Kati in San Francisco and opened Cafe California in Japan. Upon returning to Arizona, he opened POSH, known for its “improvisational cuisine.”
- Chef Joshua Hebert became enamored with food at an early age. And he already was cooking professionally while in high school at a corporate Italian restaurant. But he had his sights set on fine dining.
- He spent five years as a line cook and sous chef at Tarbell’s developing his skills.
- He opened POSH Restaurant on New Year’s Eve 2008, and continues to receive accolades for his innovative approach. The Arizona Republic has named POSH one of the top 10 gourmet restaurants in the Phoenix area.
Hebert is a certified sommelier, and serves on the Arizona Restaurant Association board of directors.
Virtù Honest Craft, located in Old Town Scottsdale’s Bespoke Inn, Cafe & Bicycles, 3701 Marshall Way
With a focus on Mediterranean cuisine, seafood and pastas, Osso’s Virtù was a James Beard Award semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant and named in the 20 “Best New Restaurants” in the U.S. by Esquire Magazine.
- Chef Gio Osso’s already acclaimed restaurant, Virtù, was named one of the top 20 “Best New Restaurants” in the U.S. by Esquire Magazine and also was a James Beard Award semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant.
- Virtù Honest Craft is tucked inside Old Town Scottsdale’s Bespoke Inn, where his menu features contemporary cuisine inspired by his Mediterranean roots and global influences.
- At Virtù, the Machiavellian term for achieving excellence, expect a menu that changes almost weekly, featuring house-made pastas, superb seafood, new Mediterranean creations and rustic favorites.
The boutique Bespoke Inn also houses a boutique bicycle shop.
Game Time (Event Info)
What: Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival Click to link to see the full list of participating restaurants.
Where: CityScape, 1 E. Washington Street., Phoenix
When: Sunday, March 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tickets: $79 through March 21st; $89 day of event. Click to purchase online
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PHOENIX FASHION WEEK RETURNS TO THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN PHOENIX
6TH Annual ‘Spring into Style’ Highlights Arizona’s Top Stylists and Spring Runway Trends at Arizona Center
Phoenix Fashion Week kicks off its 2015 series of events this month by teaming up with Downtown Phoenix’s own Arizona Center for the sixth-annual “Spring into Style” runway showcase. Hosted by Arizona Center, “Spring into Style” serves as a tribute to top stylists and showcases on-trend spring fashions set to the sounds of internationally-renowned DJ Q. On Saturday, March 21st, starting at 6:00p.m. with ‘The Taste of Arizona Center’, guests will have the opportunity to sample the best bites from local Arizona Center restaurants. Guests will also be treated to a fashionable outdoor Meet & Greet Mixer, where they will be able to shop stylish local pop-up shops with the backdrop of beautiful Downtown Phoenix. Media can enjoy a luxurious Log-In Lounge experience, and attendees can take in an interactive spring fashion show in the lush courtyard featuring hair and makeup by Salon Estique beginning at 8:30pm, followed by an after party directly following the show, hosted inside 1130 The Restaurant.
“Our team is excited to again offer a unique and popular fashion event to the heart of downtown Phoenix. Last year, it was a sold out event and with these very talented (6) stylists, we anticipate it being a hard ticket to get this year,” said Brian Hill, Executive Director of Phoenix Fashion Week.
This special runway show serves as one of several preview events produced by Phoenix Fashion Week in anticipation of the Fall event scheduled to take place October 1 – 4, 2015 at Talking Stick Resort.
Event partners include: Arizona Center, 1130 The Restaurant, Boom Digitus, and Salon Estique.
Featured stylists include:
- Stylist, Audree Lopez – FLORAL Trend Show Sponsored by Boots Beauty USA:
Audree Lopez is a local stylist and founder of Simply Audree Kate blog. She is a senior at ASU and the co-founder and President of Business of Fashion student organization. www.simplyaudreekate.com
- Stylist, Jackie Marin – BOLD Trend Show Sponsored by Iconic Beauty:
Jackie’s style is one of a kind, sexy but elegant, dramatic, sophisticated and exciting. She loves to think outside the box and make a statement from the moment she puts an outfit together. Follow Jackie on Twitter: @jackiemarin04
- Stylist, Jenesis Laforcarde – BOHO Trend Show Sponsored by Custom Kreations:
Jenesis started styling at the young age of 17. From there, the world became her runway! She started a consulting company called Love Jenesis Styles that provided wardrobe styling to many clients. A year passed and she started her own clothing line, Woman’s Touch Apparel dedicated to empowering women everywhere! Then 2 years later she founded the Brave Wings Fashion Show. Jenesis is fueled with ambition and creativity; the only barrier to inhibit this journey is the one she creates for herself. www.lovejenesisstyles.com
- Stylist, Nuvia Magdahi – DENIM Trend Show Sponsored by FINALLY MADE:
Nuvia Magdahi: accessorizing your personality to immediately shine through your presence is an exquisite taste she takes pride upon. A Fashion Stylist, a Visionary Photographer and a Creative Art Director with a passionate heart cluttered with dreams. www.MAGDAHI.com
- Stylist, Tim Boado – DISTINCT PRINTS Trend Show Sponsored by Simplicity, A Male Concept Spa & The Dapper Devil :
As an Image Consultant, Timothy provides services to individuals and businesses alike, focusing on attention to details to enhance their brand, professional image and personal look.Timothy C. Boado, LLC. Follow Tim on Twitter: @fashnfien
- Stylist, Vanessa Gonzales – NEUTRALS Trend Show Sponsored by Dillards:
Featured on Channel 3’s ‘Your Life A to Z’ for fashion segments and given the opportunity to attend and style at the American Country Awards, Vanessa has styled for countless fashion shows and has a true passion for the fashion industry. Vanessa’s background also includes styling for dozens of magazines such as Modern Luxury and Vogue Italia. www.vanessareneestyle.com
Tickets are available to the public for this event and can be purchased online at http://springintostyle2015.eventbrite.com/ or $40 for Style Seats and $125 for VIP Front Row. All tickets include access to official “Taste of Arizona Center” and the After Party.
If You Go:
WHERE: Arizona Center, 400 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (Park in Parking Garage off Filmore and 5th Street)
TICKETS: $40-$125. Purchase tickets at: http://springintostyle2015.eventbrite.com/
WHEN: Saturday, March 21st
- ‘The Taste of Arizona Center’ starting at 6:00pm – sample delicious bites from restaurants at The Arizona Center.
- Doors open to the public at 6:00p.m.–Fashionable “Swag Bags” to the first guests, Pop-Up Shops
- Press Conference at 6:00 p.m. (Open to select Media – RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Fashion Show–8:30p.m.
- After Party at 9:30p.m.
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La Piazza PHX Selected to Host DJ Neil Armstrong’s First “Dinner & A Mixtape” National Tour Stop
Former Touring DJ For Jay Z Makes Phoenix Appearance, Hosts Three Course Meal With Chef Justin Piazza
WHO: DJ Neil Armstrong + Chef Justin Piazza
WHAT: Three Course “Dinner & A Mixtape” Guests kick back and enjoy a multisensory dining experience where soundtrack is just as thrilling as the meal.
WHERE: Located at La Piazza PHX, 1 North First Street, Phoenix, AZ
WHEN: Thursday, March 12, 2015. Choice of two seating times: 6PM or 8PM
COST: $45 pp, includes 3course dinner and a copy of Warmfuzzy part 2 on USB Cassette, a special commemorative apron and a digital download for DJ Neil’s entire mixtape catalogue. (The mixtape collection alone is valued at over $150.)
TICKETS: Call (602) 7957116 or visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/dinneramixtapephoenixatlapiazzadowntowntickets16085873280
MORE: “Dinner & A Mixtape” is the name of a worldwide series of events hosted by DJ Neil Armstrong, sharing his love of music & good food. Started in 2013, they have been held in New York, Hong Kong, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Manila Philippines.
The idea is simple – partnering up with great restaurants around the world, Dinner & A Mixtape provides the opportunity to enjoy music and food together in a very unique setting. Often the restaurant will create a special menu just for the event, and the soundtrack is provided by a new installment in DJ Neil Armstrong’s Mixtape Library.
MENU: Choice of Appetizer: Classic Calamari, Palle Di Riso, Fried Mozzarella or Fresh Caprese Salad; Main Course: Choice one of La Piazza’s award-winning, wood-fired Neapolitan Pizzas. A special “DJ NEIL ARMSTRONG” specialty pie will be available; Dessert: La Piazza’s Angioletti Con Nutella, a Neapolitan take on zeppoles.
Images courtesy of Awe Collective.