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.