I have not written much non-real-estate news about downtown lately. I think it’s time to take a look at new restaurants in the downtown Phoenix area as well as other things of interest.
New or Newish Places to Eat in Downtown Phoenix:
Pallets Food and Bar opened a couple months ago now… adding to the dining opportunities in Roosevelt Row. It’s in the Grossman’s Canvas Corner Building at 3rd and Roosevelt. Touted as a wide-ranging Asian restaurant, the place gets mixed reviews. People love the beer (hard to screw that up), patio, reasonable prices and staff but not the flies, and dirty rest rooms. The food is described as okay but not stellar. I’d love to get our reader’s feedback.
Pomo Pizza Napoletana of Scottsdale has filled the space that once housed my downtown favorite… Sens Tapas. Many have wondered if it would be too Scottsdale for the downtown locals. So far I haven’t heard many complaints… probably because the food is really good. Like many places these days they use a wood fired brick oven for their pizzas and use finer ingredients. Everything is made from scratch and the servers are well trained and have a lot of pride in the place.
The Phoenix Public Market Café opened it’s doors a few weeks ago. We have a separate article on the site so we won’t rehash things here. I will say I like the place and am really happy the gang from St. Frances decided to come downtown.
Two of downtown Phoenix’s mobile restaurants are opening (next to each other) in a permanent space. Mama Toleto’s Pie Hole and Short Leash Hot Dogs will soon be open on the north side of Roosevelt and 1st Street. Brad & Kat’s Short Leash has been a long time favorite at the Public Market, Urban Cookies and historic home tours… at least that’s where I got hooked. Mama’s is just so good it wrong. Here is what one happy customer had to say: “I would kill nuns and orphans, I would kick kittens through electric fans, I would push paraplegics down long flights of stairs to get those éclairs.” Yep sugar can make a person just a little crazy. Keep your eye out for the opening… it should be any day now.
The Filmore Vig is still under construction. I’ll be meeting with Tucker Woodbury, the guy behind the Vig, to chat about this location. The William Cavness House, where the Vig will be located, has some great history. We have an article in the works.
Other Downtown Stuff:
Been wondering about the construction atop the Hotel Palomar? This fall some 224 people will have an opportunity to live the high life. The Residences at CityScape will provide luxury apartments to downtown dwellers and finalize the CityScape project. This was originally set to be condos but the powers that be decided on rental units. Don’t be too surprised if they convert to condos in a few years though as that is what was planned in the early days of CityScape.
Next time you’re walking by the Renaissance Hotel look for the little alleyway between Adams and Monroe. There is a hidden gem there from local artist Hugo Medina. The hotel, as part of a worldwide celebration, hired Medina to create this piece.
Just in time for the new term at the ASU,UofA,NAU downtown Phoenix campus’ we have Roosevelt Point apartments. They will be offering a variety of floor plans from studio to 3 bedroom. Some come furnished, some don’t. The amenities package is pretty sweet with…
- 2 Swimming pools
- Secured access
- Game room with pool table
- Outdoor grilling area
- Reserved parking available
- Study lounge
- 2 Fitness Centers
If you want to have us include something new or newish happening downtown, leave us a comment and we’ll try and put it in our next update on new things happening in downtown Phoenix.
The Urban Team at Realty Executives