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Come ‘Radiate’ at Durant’s

Radiate Phoenix is one of the DVC’s favorite downtown groups. It is a non-traditional community networking group that supports Downtown Phoenix and smart growth in our emerging city. Launched in September 2007, the group meets on the last Tuesday of each month in new and interesting places throughout our core, and is an informal and fun forum for connecting people, ideas, and vision.

Radiate Phoenix is for people who care about place making, design, community building, and our vital urban core. They invite all those who are creative, entrepreneurial, care about how Phoenix develops, appreciate good design, have a social conscience, and enjoy converging with eclectic people. The goal is to activate spirited and stimulating dialogue around Phoenix’s emerging urban culture. To meet others who are making things happen…to connect the dots.

This month the group is venturing slightly outside of downtown, but for a great cause: to help the mid-town Phoenix classic, Durant’s celebrate their 60th Anniversary.

The restaurant will have great deals on beer, wine and appetizers and have even concocted two special drink for the evening: an Arizona Sunburst Cooler and a Cactus Flower Martini–perfect light refreshment for the hot summer. So whether you are a Mad Men fan, appreciate the great Rat Pack vibe or love award-winning martinis—this is a can’t miss event.

There will also be a film crew on hand on behalf of the ASU Stardust Center to ask YOU what you think about Downtown Phoenix community. Your voice could add weight to a grant application for sustainable urban development.

RSVP here and we’ll see you there!


When: Tuesday, July 27th, 5:30-7:30 pm

Where: 2611 N Central Ave, Phoenix AZ (map)

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Grand Avenue’s Chez Nous closes after liquor-license violation

[Source: Megan Finnerty, Arizona Republic] Chez Nous, the beloved Phoenix soul and funk nightspot that originally opened in 1963, was recently closed after it violated state liquor law by selling alcohol without a license.  Chez Nous, located on Grand Avenue, was called one of the country’s coolest bars in such publications as Rolling Stone and Elle.  It earned countless local “best of” awards and still is regularly mentioned in the same breath as venerable steak-and-martini joint Durant’s.

Downtown resident and Chez Nous regular Feliciano Vera, 32, called the bar an icon, an institution, and spoke reverentially of its darkness, its live music and its diverse crowd.  “It was a great place to go listen to music and chill with a crowd that totally ranged… from guys leaving the Capitol building to neighborhood folks to people just looking to have a night on the town,” he said.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]