Maybe it’s the 45 wines by the glass. Maybe it’s the stylish interior. Or perhaps it’s the hidden basement lounge. We can’t quite put our finger on it, but there’s something special about Rott n’ Grapes in Roosevelt Row. The new restaurant and bar opened at the end of August in Downtown Phoenix at the historic Gold Spot building at Third Avenue and Roosevelt Street — the same space that also houses longtime establishments Pita Jungle and Lola Coffee Bar. After a $1 million build-out, the new dining destination adds a stylish splash of industrial chic to Roosevelt Row — and more than 60 wines, 70 craft beers and a menu of American-Italian fare. Unlike its first location in uptown, Rott n’ Grapes ‘RoRo’ edition is a full service restaurant serving lunch and dinner with everything from pizza to paninis, bruschetta, roasted cauliflower, risotto, steak and more. They also serve up brunch on the weekends until 2 p.m. with favorites like crepes, eggs benedict and scrambles. Kids are also thoughtfully included on the menu with some pretty nice options including a char-kiderie-board with meat, cheese, veggies and fruit; as well as a pizza, burger, noodles and more. Tour the space and the menu:
What’s in the name, anyway? Owners Keith Shanks and Patty Gii wanted a name that was catchy and also represented their two loves: rottweiler dogs (rott) and wine (grapes). The couple has been rescuing rottweilers for 19 years. In addition to an open and bright mezzanine level, Rott n’ Grapes has a main dining room which runs the length of the space. Centered between the dining room and bar is a reach-in bottle shop where diners can buy bottles to go. There’s also a hidden basement lounge dubbed Onyx, after one of the Keith and Patty’s beloved rescue dogs. After two years at the uptown location, the move downtown was strategic. Owners Keith and Patty Gii did their fair share of research and were ultimately sold on Downtown Phoenix because of its focus on creating more density with new apartments and condos. Many of those new residents have pets, and downtown dog lovers will soon be able to bring their four-legged friends to Rott n’ Grapes, too. Plans for a dog-friendly patio are currently underway.
Rott n’ Grapes is located at 1001 N. Third Ave., Suite 1. Hours: Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.