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While You Were Gone: Changes Around Town This Summer

Published: Thursday, August 23, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 15:08


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The first paying customer at the Tempe Church's location.

Welcome back, students!

While you were enjoying the beaches of California or backpacking through Europe this summer, the Phoenix metro kept on keeping on. New bars, music venues and restaurants opened their doors to those of us who braved some of the hottest summer days Phoenix has seen. Even campus has continued to break ground for new buildings and continue to renovate really old ones (we’re lookin’ at you, Manzy.).

Although we couldn’t give a shout out to all the great new watering holes, like those at Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix, or the string of coffee shops that opened in the Arts District, nor did we give you the lowdown on the new Integrated Education Building at GateWay Community College, we’ve gathered a few of the newest places you’ve got to check out. And, hopefully, this’ll take your mind off the bum realization that some of your favorite haunts have shut their doors (read: The Fixx off Mill Ave).

Order Up: New Kitchens in Town

Brat Haus

Located at what used to be Oregano’s in Old Town Scottsdale, Brat Haus does beers and brats right. It has a smaller menu that features the more tame traditional beer brats and exotic sausages like rattlesnake. The menu also offer burgers, Belgian fries, huge homemade soft pretzels and 24 craft beers on tap. 3622 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.947.4006,, price range: $11 to $30

Charr An American Burger Bar

Charr is continuing the recent trend of gourmet burger restaurants in Arizona. Almost exclusively selling burgers and grilled cheese, Charr keeps its menu simple. It does, however, feature an extensive selection of cocktails, wine and beer. 777 E. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix, 602.993.2427,, price range: $11 to $30

Crepe Bar

Jeff Kraus, the chef who brought you the popular Truckin’ Good Food Truck, is opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Kraus offers an affordable menu that changes daily and features such things as the savory breakfast burrito crepe and more traditional sweeter crepes. This interesting concept and affordable menu are a can’t-miss. 7520 S. Rural Road, Tempe, 480.247.8012,, price range: under $10

Desert Roots Kitchen

In the heart of the Mill Avenue District, Desert Roots Kitchen gives vegetarians and vegans a chance to try global cuisine. They serve an extensive menu, ranging from Afghani cuisine to Tex-Mex. 414 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.382.0228,, price range: under $10

Devil’s Diner

The owner’s of Robbie Foxes hopes to bring a late night crowd back for breakfast at Devil’s Diner, which opened right next door. This traditional, cozy diner offers a small menu featuring traditional breakfast items. 640 S. Mill Ave, Tempe, 480.642.6442, price range: around $10

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

This new sandwich chain is popping up all over the Valley. The first location opened in the Biltmore area, and two more are slated to open in Phoenix in the near future. They don’t try to do anything cute here; just simple sandwiches served the right way. 2131 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602.283.258, price range: under $10

Raising Cane’s

A fried chicken chain from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Raising Cane’s just opened its first East Valley location. This chain offers students a cheap, quick and easy place to eat just off main campus. 960 E. University Drive, 602.256.0888,, price range: under $10

Rehab Burger Therapy

This beach-themed burger joint has been a hit in Old Town since it opened in late May. It obviously specializes in burgers, but bun variety and unique condiments allow you easily to customize your order. 7210 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, 480.621.5358,, price range: $11 to $30

The Skinny Italian Kitchen

The latest concept by Valley restaurateur Bobby Mancuso, the Skinny Italian Kitchen, puts a healthy twist on traditional Italian cooking. If you like other Mancuso Italian restaurants, this is just for you. 5415 E. High Street, Phoenix, 480.513.3844,, price range: $11 to $30


This is not your standard “Berto’s” style restaurant. Tediberto’s is a trendy vegan Mexican spot. It is like no place else in the Valley, and the concept might be interesting enough to give it a try. 110 E. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, 602.606.2034,, price range: $10 to $20

Bottoms Up: New Watering Holes, Venues

World of Beer

World of Beer is the newest addition to the Mill Avenue entertainment district and perhaps our favorite nightlife hot spot to hit Tempe this summer. With over 500 varieties of bottled beer and 50 taps representing a rotation of 65 different American craft breweries from 24 states and 40 different countries, this is the kind of place beer aficionados flock to and the perfect place for newbies to experiment with all sorts of sudsy craft and import concoctions. Before you order a round of shots for you and your friends, know that WOB is a beer-only bar (with a limited wine menu), but the staff is more than able to help you find something you will enjoy and keep you hanging around. With quality live music and a kick-back, inviting atmosphere, we think you might just want to. World of Beer Tempe, 526 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.638.2337

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