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Sam Fox’s Arrogant Butcher opens in Phoenix

[Source: Howard Seftel, azcentral.com]

Sam Fox, whose Valley restaurant empire started in Scottsdale in 2001 and expanded to other high-rent districts like Kierland Commons and Biltmore Fashion Park, is moving into uncharted territory. His latest venture, the Arrogant Butcher, debuts in downtown Phoenix, on Monday, Feb. 21.

Mark Henle/ The Arizona Republic

It’s the first full-service restaurant to open in CityScape, downtown’s ambitious $900 million commercial/retail/hotel development.

Fox says he’s committed to downtown Phoenix for “the long term.” He was one of the project’s first tenants, signing a 15-year lease back in 2007, when the economy looked a lot brighter.

Still, he’s not daunted by the challenging times.

“We will be busy right out of the gate,” he predicts, especially at lunch, pointing to an “untapped audience” drawn from nearby law firms, businesses, government offices and conventioneers. In the evening, he expects to attract neighborhood residents and folks attending shows, concerts and sporting events in the area.

Fox calls the restaurant an “urban grill,” and it will showcase what he says is “boldly flavored, down-to-earth” fare.

At lunch, that means sandwiches like turkey pastrami ($12) and Italian grinder ($11), and salads like Chinese chicken ($12) and chopped salmon salad with kale, cauliflower, currants and almonds ($13). Heartier midday appetites can opt for hot entrees like fish and chips ($16), beef short rib stew ($14) and ricotta dumplings Bolognese ($13).

At dinner, you’ll find appetizers like smoked salmon rillettes ($11) and homemade soft pretzels with provolone fondue ($9). Main dishes range through skirt steak ($24), grilled swordfish ($23), crab-stuffed chicken ($22) and Fox’s favorite, jambalaya fashioned with shrimp, chicken and sausage ($18).

At any time of day, you can also put together a seafood or charcuterie platter.

Fox also believes in his Saturday brunch, which spotlights egg sandwiches teamed with Italian sausage ($10), smoked salmon ($12) and bacon and cheese ($10). Other items include French toast ($10) and a Cajun breakfast burrito with sausage, peppers and cheese ($10). If you prefer your brunch in liquid form, there are five kinds of Bloody Marys.

The kitchen is headed by Clint Woods, who has worked on several Fox restaurant projects.

Why call the restaurant the Arrogant Butcher? Fox says the name has dual connotations.

One is to gently tweak the deal-makers and power-brokers he expects to be dining there. But the other is meant to summon up the image of the proud, old-time butcher who would never sell customers anything less than the best.

Details:

Arrogant Butcher
2 East Jefferson St. (CityScape), Phoenix,
602-324-8502.
foxrc.com

Hours

Lunch and dinner, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday;
Brunch, lunch and dinner, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday.

 

Six new restaurants join downtown Phoenix CityScape project

[Source: Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic] — Six restaurants, two boutiques, and a law firm will join a $900 million project that is under construction in downtown Phoenix.  CityScape is a cluster of businesses that will include an office tower, shops, eateries, a hotel, and 165 condos.  The first parts of the project are expected to open in Spring 2010.  The project is bordered by First Avenue, Second Street, Washington Street, and Jefferson Street.

Today, developer RED Development LLC, announced that a 27-story CityScape office building had reached a key construction milestone.  The tower has topped out, which means that it has reached its final height of 368 feet.  The developer also revealed the names of several restaurants that will lease space in the project.  They are:

  • An Asian noodle shop, and a Mexican style restaurant by chef Aaron May.  May has had a hand in several Valley establishments, including Sol y Sombra and Autostrada.
  • A breakfast restaurant.  Kyle Shivers, plans to open a second branch of his popular Scottsdale breakfast and lunch spot, The Breakfast Club.
  • Blu Burger Grille, a restaurant that boasts a “unique, high quality burger experience.”  The business has four metro Phoenix locations.
  • Press Coffee, a local coffee, food, and wine shop.
  • Mojo, a yogurt shop.

Two clothing stores – Scottsdale-based Designer District and fashion boutique Republic of Couture – will open locations in CityScape, RED officials said.  Law firm Gus Rosenfeld has also joined the project, they added.  Other businesses have already announced plans to open CityScape shops. That includes restaurateur Sam Fox, who plans to create a Beverly Hills-style chop house, grocery store AJ’s Fine Foods, CVS/Pharmacy, Urban Outfitters, and Gold’s Gym.  [Note: Read the full article at Six new restaurants join downtown Phoenix CityScape project]