Daily Archives: August 27, 2010

Bliss and ReBar opening in downtown Phoenix

[Source: azcentral.com]

Photo courtesy of Bliss via azcentral.com

The handsomely restored bungalow at Roosevelt and Fourth Streets would seem to be one of downtown Phoenix’s premier restaurant spots, just a few blocks from the ASU campus and right in the middle of First Friday action.

But the last two occupants, Fate and Nine 05, failed to catch on. One potential explanation: According to owner Matt Carter, Nine 05 was “broken into 20 times” during its eight-month run.

Perhaps the third time will be the charm. At least that’s what the partners behind new Bliss, and its next-door watering hole, ReBar, are hoping. They’re opening Friday, Aug. 27.

Co-owner Mark Howard, whose other enterprise include Fez, promises “affordable, hip and comfortable dining,” with a “big-city feel.”

John Cook, who runs the kitchen at Fez, has put together a menu featuring “American classics with a twist.” Look for appetizers like braised beef nachos ($12), fried sausage ravioli ($8) and Swiss chard chicken lettuce wraps ($7).

Specialties include pot roast ($15), macaroni and cheese with chicken and bacon ($12), baked cod ($15) and double-cut pork chop ($15). You can finish up with a brownie hot fudge sundae ($6) or daily cobbler ($6).

The post-10 p.m. crowd, meanwhile, can graze on $5 nibbles like mini beef tacos, a “monster loaded” footlong and a trio of burger sliders. Weekend brunchers will find French toast ($9), omelets ($9) and a breakfast burrito ($9).

At ReBar, along with beer and wine, the emphasis is on modern cocktails, like the Absolut rubylicious martini ($9), cucumber martini ($9) and Ciroc redberry rapture ($8).


901 N. Fourth St., Phoenix, 602-795-1792.

Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday; 10 a.m. to midnight, Sunday.


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Interested in checking it out?  Readers of DVC are invited to join Radiate Phoenix at this months gathering at ReBar. Come for a the happy hour and fun with fellow Downtown Phoenix friends!

Date: Tuesday, August 31
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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Phoenix Community Alliance Helps 26 Blocks Go Virtual

[Source: Phoenix Community Alliance]
PCA Helps 26 Blocks Go Virtual

26 Blocks was created by Joey Robert Parks, a local ghostwriter who was tired of the bad reputation Phoenix holds for many people inside and outside Arizona. Parks says comparing Phoenix to other big cities like Portland, Seattle or New York City, is like comparing your wife or girlfriend to another woman.

“You’d never tell your wife she’s beautiful, but not as pretty or exciting to be around as some other woman. A big part of 26 Blocks is showing people how awesome and unique Phoenix is in its own right,” says Parks.

Like the 26 alphabet blocks a child uses to stack or build words at playtime, Parks chose 26 city blocks as the foundation of the exhibit. 26 Blocks features 26 of the most celebrated photographers in Phoenix, 26 of the most talented writers in Phoenix and one of the best sculptor/painters in Phoenix.

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