Daily Archives: November 19, 2008

Metro Phoenix plans big parties at each light rail stop, Dec. 27

[Source: Arizona Republic] — Lots of community celebrations are planned for Metro light rail’s grand opening day Dec. 27.  At each of the 28 Metro stations in Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa, there will be something of interest, but large-scale, themed celebrations are planned at nine stops.  Here is the current station celebration lineup with the location, its party theme, and names of the sponsors:

  • 19th Avenue and Montebello – “A Better Tomorrow Starts Today” is the theme.  Sponsored by APS, it will celebrate Phoenix’s diversity through food, music, and family activities.
  • Thomas Road and Central Avenue – “Health and Wellness” is the theme.  Sponsored by St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, it will feature entertainment and educational activities designed to help safeguard and improve your health.
  • Encanto Boulevard and Central Avenue – “Arts and Culture” is the theme.  Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, it will feature music, performance art and visual art.
  • Third Street between Jefferson and Washington Street – “Phoenix Rising” is the theme. Sponsored by CityScape, it will spotlight what’s new and happening in downtown Phoenix.  There will be music, street performers, and family activities.  This party also will celebrate the new Phoenix Convention Center.
  • 44th Street and Washington Street – “Sky Harbor Community” is the theme.  Sponsored by Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, those attending will learn how Metro riders, beginning Dec. 29, can connect to the airport.
  • Priest Drive and Washington Street – “Papago Park Celebration” is the theme.  Sponsored by SRP, it will focus on the neighboring destinations, including the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden.
  • Mill Avenue and Third Street – “Mill Avenue Experience” is the theme.  Sponsored by Hayden Ferry, it will focus on Mill Avenue and its culture, entertainment, and dining options.
  • Fifth Street and Veterans Way – “Destination Tempe” is the theme.  Sponsored by Gray Development, Avenue Communities and aloft Tempe, it will focus on the variety of thing to do in Tempe and will have a festival booth, a farmers market, archaeology displays and a kids area.  This celebration will also serve as the opening for the new Tempe Transportation Center.
  • Sycamore and Main Street – “It All Starts Here” is the theme.  Sponsored by SRP, it will celebrate Mesa’s future with music, food, and family fun, including a kids zone and a classic-car show.

The parties will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with free train rides offered from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Free rides will continue through Dec. 31.  Free bus shuttles also will be provided on Saturday and Sunday for those who want another way to get back to their origination point.

Hanny’s reopens as downtown Phoenix restaurant

[Source: Howard Seftel, Arizona Republic] — It took Karl Kopp three years, but the man behind long-running AZ88 has finally opened his downtown spot, Hanny’s.  Hanny’s, old-timers will recall, was downtown Phoenix’s showcase department store for decades, until it closed almost 20 years ago.  The new Hanny’s is at the same address.  Kopp is hoping it will generate the same kind of spirited and spirit-fueled vibe as AZ88, a place, he says, “to eat, meet and talk.”  The late-night hours and wallet-friendly prices, he believes, will encourage downtown dwellers and event-goers to hang out.

The menu is certainly accessible enough.  Appetizers include onion strings ($7), grilled cauliflower ($7.50) and pancetta-wrapped shrimp ($12).  Looking for greenery?  There’s a chopped salad with hard-boiled egg, avocado, hearts of palm and artichokes ($11).  Among the sandwiches are charred pork loin on Italian bread ($8) and a P.A.T. — pancetta, arugula and tomato — on toasted English muffin ($8.50).  Kopp wants you stick around for desserts like tiramisu ($7) and donuts with chocolate sauce ($5).  A variety of cocktails, classic and contemporary, and a well-crafted international wine list are two other inducements to stop in.