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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

O Arizona: Please, God, Let Downtown Phoenix Become a Restaurant Mecca

Howard Seftel and Megan Finnerty write:

Looking past the current economic downturn, optimistic restaurateurs believe downtown Phoenix is poised to compete in the next few years with Scottsdale as a dining destination.

The momentum has been jump-started by a group of independent chefs and entrepreneurs who believe in the area's potential. They, in turn, have inspired a fresh wave of high-profile names with big plans to rush in and stake a downtown claim.

New arrivals say downtown Phoenix has reached a tipping point, energized in part by light rail and the Arizona State University campus.

But some warn that the Valley has seen this sort of hopeful restaurant hype fail to live up to its promise before, pointing to troubles on Mill Avenue in Tempe and developments such as downtown Phoenix's Arizona Center and the Mercado that never flourished. Others think downtown's residential core is still not strong enough to support a restaurant community.

link: A growing appetite for downtown Phoenix dining


Katie said...

I think downtown Phoenix is becoming a restaurant mecca. Of course it isn't going to happen overnight, but soon enough I think Phoenician's will be choosing downtown for their nights out. CityScape is opening soon and I think that will give a big boost to downtown with great shops and restaurants it will become a prime location.

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