In Downtown Phoenix, restaurants are expanding and old spaces are getting new life.
Well on the way to becoming a foodie playground, a restaurant is opening or coming soon on every Downtown corner.
From buffalo wings made with “All The Luv,” to a homerun-inspired celebrity kitchen – here are five restaurants and bars that have recently opened in Downtown Phoenix.
Motomoto Sushi & Izakaya – 15 East Monroe Street
Located at the bottom of the historic Hilton Garden Inn, this new restaurant comes from the minds of Eddie Chow and Akira Nakasu of Jin Hospitality who also own Nanaya Japanese Kitchen in Arcadia. An izakaya is the Japanese version of a tavern, Motomoto offers tapas-style snacks, sushi, house-made ramen, sake and cocktails.
Details: Monday-Thursday: 4-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday: 4-10:30 p.m.; Sunday: 4-9 p.m. (480) 868-7981. motomotocentral.com.
Guy Fieri’s DTPHX Kitchen + Bar – 201 South Fourth Street
This two-story entertainment destination is located adjacent to Chase Field and is also home of the new Caesars Sportsbook, the largest retail sportsbook to open in partnership with a major sports stadium.
The kitchen features a menu full of celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s favorites including Trash Can Nachos and the award-winning Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheeseburger. The restaurant was designed in partnership with Fieri and is led locally by Executive Chef Kayla Laasko.
Details: Sunday – Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. for food service and until 1 a.m. both nights for beverage service. The venue will also be open during D-backs off days and have expanded hours during football season. (602) 462-3800.
The Desmond – 1 North First Street
Located next to Downtown favorite, Kettle Black, The Desmond serves Neapolitan style woodfired pizzas, sandwiches, and salads. All pizzas are available with gluten-free cauliflower crust and vegan cheese.
Details: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. (602) 466-1444. thedesmondaz.com.
ATL Wings – 330 East Roosevelt Street
This locally owned and family operated restaurant first opened its doors in Chandler in 2012. It’s now made its debut Downtown in the historic Roosevelt Row Arts District. Known for their fresh — never frozen — chicken wings and more than 20 sauces, ATL stands for “All the Luv” which they put in every item on the menu from wings, sandwiches to Kool-Aid.
Details: Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Thursday & Friday 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Saturday 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. and Sunday 12- 6 p.m. (602) 283-4210. atlwings.com.
The Rose Garden – 101 North First Ave.
There’s a story behind Downtown’s newest cocktail lounge, ask about the peacock in the center of the restaurant to learn more. The Rose Garden has an elegant atmosphere perfect for a date night. The new theme bar comes from Josh and Chiara Katz and Maurice Murillo, the minds behind Sip Coffee & Beer and 36 Below cocktail lounge.
Details: 3 p.m. – 12 a.m. daily. therosegardenaz.com