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T. Cook’s at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa names new executive chef

T. Cook's

Alex Robinson has been named the executive chef of T. Cook’s at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa, bringing with him an exciting take on Mediterranean cuisine that combines his California sensibility with French techniques.

Expect his new menu to focus on simple preparation and uncomplicated dishes that honor the regions of Northern Italy, Greece, Spain and Provence.

Robinson brings a wealth of experience from several five-star kitchens, including: The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, Four Seasons Hotel Denver, Four Seasons Hotel Boston and Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North.

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Modern Oysterbar Chophouse opens in Scottsdale

Modern Oysterbar

Modern Oysterbar Chophouse, located in what was formerly Sonata’s Restaurant at 10050 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, is now open.

The concept, focused on innovative shellfish, steaks, seafood and – of course – oysters, comes from restaurant veterans Frank Schneider and Cat and Randy Frankel, known for Steak 44, Zinc Bistro, Mastro’s Ocean Club and Bourbon and Bones. Mike Bouwens, formerly of Roaring Fork, serves as the executive chef.

A large oyster bar is the main visual attraction upon entering the 6,000-square-foot venue. The dining room seats 299 and patio seats 30. There is also an expansive bar area.

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High Dive opens in Phoenix

High Dive

Square One Concepts, Inc. has partnered with Blue Print Hospitality, known for Nook Kitchen Downtown, to open High Dive in Arcadia. Square One Concepts is a hospitality management group credited with more than 20 unique concepts, notably Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers, across the Southwest.

Conceptualized as an eclectic neighborhood dive bar with select high-class twists, High Dive features burgers, tacos and drinks ranging from Natural Light to Dom Perignon to crafted cocktails.

Pinup model photos from yesteryear coupled with upholstered horseshoe booths and lots of space to play games including darts, board games and arcade bowling, make up the interior.

– Barrett Rinzler, Square One Concepts


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Enhanced Angels Trumpet Ale House coming to Arcadia

Sharry and Mat Englehorn will open a second Angels Trumpet Ale House – Angels Trumpet Arcadia – inside the Arcadia Crossing Shopping Center on Thomas Road and 44th Street in mid-August. The venue will share space with the couple’s new passion project, a craft cocktail lounge named Tall Glass.

Carved into the west side of the building, Tall Glass will be a separate cocktail lounge with its own entrance and extensive menu of craft cocktails, including spirits from craft beer distilleries such as Rogue Spirits and Cutwater Spirits.

The couple also plans to eventually open a small microbrewery on-site.

– Alison Bailin, HMA Public Relations  

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Arizona Restaurant Week has deals for diners


Do you hear that noise? It’s your stomach growling because it knows Arizona Restaurant Week is back and better than ever.

“It’s the most edible time of the year as Arizona Restaurant Week sends diners on a 10-day tasting tour of Arizona,” says Steve Churci, ARA president/CEO. “Participating restaurants are not only known for exceptional cuisine, they also spare no expense to give diners an extraordinary experience.”

More than 150 Arizona eateries are taking part, each offering three-course, prix-fixe menus for just $33 or $44/person May 18-27. For information search #EatARW on social channels.

– Alison Bailin, HMA Public Relations