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13 New Businesses Now Open in Downtown Phoenix

by Haley Hoekstra
Bars & Nightlife Business Development Featured Food, Restaurants & Dining Haley Hoekstra June 17, 2024

As Downtown Phoenix’s impressive roster of excellent cuisine, refreshing beverages, and diverse retail options continues to grow, here’s your chance to explore the newest establishments that have recently opened or are opening soon around the neighborhood.

Several new businesses in the area stem from established ownership, adding to the many Downtown destinations we’ve already come to love.

Get to know the new menus, services, and friendly faces from these recently opened businesses in Downtown Phoenix. They have a lot to offer to the community, from aesthetic services to frozen espresso martinis (just in time for summer)!

*   –  Indicates PCA membership

Cactus Cloud Cafe

Cactus Cloud Café is a new coffee shop located in the space formerly occupied by Hidden Track Café and Bodega (Photo: Haley Hoekstra)

Cactus Cloud Café

This Southwest-inspired cafe was recently brought to life by budding entrepreneur Quinlan Hamann. He cultivated his love for coffee making from his background at the long-standing local coffee shop, Hava Java. Cactus Cloud Cafe is located in the space formerly occupied by Hidden Track Café and Bodega. 

Details: 111 W. Monroe St. Suite 121 cactuscloudcafe.my.canva.site

Mr. Baan’s Bar & Mookata

From the folks that brought you the esteemed authentic Thai restaurant, Lom Wong, comes a place to gather and share unique cocktails, wines, and spirits while feasting on charcoal-grilled Thai barbecue. Mr. Baan’s is located in the alley behind Lom Wong on Portland Street. Their menu includes Mookata, a distinctive cook-it-yourself barbecuing experience that pairs well with their herbaceous cocktails that highlight ingredients found in the cuisines of Thailand.

Details: 218 E Portland St. #B mrbaans.com

The Pairing Room*

Experience culinary harmony at The Pairing Room, a place where fine cuisine is paired with local Arizona wines and beers from Coronado Vineyard and Throne Brewing. This restaurant boasts a vine-to-table concept, ensuring that its ingredients are fresh and directly sourced. You can find The Pairing Room off of N. Central Avenue, adjacent to Portland Parkway Park.

Details: 200 W Portland St. #101 pairingroom.com

 

Moon Pie: Pizza and Patio

Moon Pie: Pizza & Patio served tavern-style pizza and signature cocktails with indoor and patio seating (Photo: Haley Hoekstra)

Moon Pie: Pizza & Patio*

Nestled in the Roosevelt Row Arts District, Moon Pie: Pizza & Patio brings a unique blend of traditional tavern-style pizza and modern culinary creativity to the table. In addition to their food offerings, you can find signature cocktails like the ‘Fly Me to the Moon,’ a frozen twist on the classic espresso martini. This slice of heaven is located in the heart of Downtown Phoenix on Central Avenue and Roosevelt Street in the Ten-O-One building.

Details: 1001 N. Central Ave. moonpie.pizza

Full Speed Chicken & Ribs

The same beloved locals who brought you Little Miss BBQ have recently brought this Southern and Nashville-inspired cuisine to the Valley. It features classic Southern cuisine, like hot fried chicken with pecan-smoked pork ribs, pulled pork, and biscuits. You can find Full Speed Chicken & Ribs in the Roosevelt Row Arts District next to Disco Dragon.

Details: 513 E. Roosevelt St. eatfullspeed.com

Lovebite

Formerly known as Lovesack, this steamed fast food concept is a go-to spot for dumpling lovers. Customize your Lovebox with three simple steps and enjoy the flavors of this new local favorite. You can find Lovebite on Roosevelt Street or order a Lovebox online from your preferred food delivery app.

Details: 116 E. Roosevelt St. eatlovebitedumplings.com

Moontower Social Club

This new neighborhood hot spot, located on the lower level of Moontower Phoenix Apartments, has offerings for morning birds and night owls alike. Their menus range from full coffee and dining options to a variety of classic craft cocktails.

Details: 811 N. 3rd St. moontowersocialclub.com

Legends Never Die

Find out where heroes get remembered by visiting this hot new cocktail bar featuring modern cocktails for the adventurous drinker. Legends Never Die is the latest concept brought to you by the hospitality group Those Pour Bastards. You can find them at the East side door next to their sister concept, Pretty Penny, on Roosevelt Street.

Details: 504 E. Roosevelt St. heroesgetremembered.com

RoRo Dogs

This neighborhood hot dog shop boasts locally-sourced hot dogs and buns made strictly from scratch. RoRo (short for Roosevelt Row) Dogs is a fast-casual restaurant that offers a wide selection of hot dog types, buns, and toppings, allowing you to create your ideal hot dog.

Details: 610 E. Roosevelt St. rorodogs.com

The Sidewinder

New to the Garfield Historic District is The Sidewinder, a highly anticipated restaurant with ice-cold beer and tasty home-style bites to start or complete your night out. It is open until 2:00 a.m., seven days a week, in the original Welcome Diner location.

Details: 924 E. Roosevelt St. sidewinderphx.com

 

Dog Haus Biergarten (Re-Opening)

Under new ownership, the same great cuisine that Dog Haus Biergarten is known for has reopened for business at CityScape. Enjoy everything from Haus Sliders and dogs to delicious breakfast burritos and cocktails. Dog Haus also has food and drink happy hour specials Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and all day on Sunday.

“Downtown Phoenix is the heart of our city and a vibrant and dynamic atmosphere, aligning with Dog Haus’s vibe and vision: a “craft casual,” local bar with unparalleled culinary & cocktail creations. Our goal is to provide a unique dining experience that locals and visitors alike can enjoy.” — Andi and Damon Ott, Dog Haus Biergarten Owners

Details: 1 E. Washington St. #120 doghaus.com

New Retail + Services Downtown

Lighten Up Laser is a skincare and laser salon that offers a range of services. (Photo: Haley Hoekstra)

Lighten Up Laser*

New to the Roosevelt Historic District is a skincare and laser salon that offers a range of services to everybody and every body. Lighten Up Laser specializes in skin care treatments, laser tattoo removal, teeth whitening, and more.

Details: 1024 N. 1st Ave. lightenuplaser.com

SkinLab Laser Aesthetics & Wellness

This full-service medical spa has recently extended its services from Chandler to Downtown Phoenix by opening a new location in Roosevelt Row. SkinLab’s team of beauty experts offers a range of wellness treatments, including laser skin rejuvenation, injectables, hydra facials, and more.

Details: 610 E. Roosevelt #148 skinlab.net

Unfiltered Natural Wine and More

Every sip tells a story at Unfiltered, the newly opened boutique wine and craft beer haven located in the space formerly occupied by Hidden Track Bottle Shop. Unfiltered boasts a welcoming and friendly atmosphere where beginners and connoisseurs can experience the world of wine through tastings, events, and a wine club that offers additional perks to its members.

Details: 111 W. Monroe St. #120 unfilteredphx.com

Restaurants Coming Soon to Downtown Phoenix

The Taco Spot

This fast-casual favorite will feature authentic Mexican cuisine with a modern twist. The menu includes handmade tortillas and fresh, made-to-order dishes. Having proven its popularity across the Valley, The Taco Spot will open its 10th location in Downtown Phoenix this summer, on Central and Adams.

Details: 12 W. Adams St. tacospotaz.com

 

From the group that brought you classics like Wren & Wolf, Chico Malo, and Trophy Room, Pretty Decent Concepts is debuting a handful of new concepts later this year.

Carry On

This retro aviation-themed cocktail bar is expected to land in our neighborhood this summer. Think 1960s and early ‘70s old-school luxury air travel meets sophisticated cocktail bar. Carry On will be located in the Renaissance Square, adjacent to its sister concepts, Wren & Wolf and Trophy Room.

Details: 2 N. Central Ave. #101

Three New Concepts at Arizona Center

Teddy and Katie Myers, the talented hospitality duo behind Pretty Decent Concepts, are bringing three brand new spots to a 10,000-square-foot space at Arizona Center, ultimately aiding the Center’s resurgence as a culinary destination. The steakhouse, currently dubbed “Cleaverman,” will offer walk-in availability with full-service sit-down tables and reserved areas.

The concept plans to incorporate a lively dining environment, with a bar area and DJ performances. In addition to the steakhouse, there will be a vintage martini lounge and a multicourse chef’s tasting menu eatery.

Details: 455 N. 3rd St.