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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.

Mad G’s

In the dead heat of summer, Mad G’s opened its doors to thirsty patrons looking for place to throw back a few in a no-frills environment. The very spacious “quality dive,” as the owners like to call it, is a prime drinking spot for anyone who lives or works in the area and anyone looking to avoid the crowds on Mill Avenue. Whether you’re looking for a place to watch the game or somewhere to grab a bite and brew after work, Mad G’s has you covered. Mad G’s, 19 E. Broadway Road, Tempe, 602.396.3694

Monarch Theatre

EDM has found a new home in the heart of Phoenix. Monarch Theatre celebrated its grand opening at the end of May and has since been bringing some of the biggest acts in electronic dance music to the Valley, such as Nadia Ali, Mark Farina and Victor Dinaire. It’s not just international EDM acts that grace the stages of Monarch. You can find a rotation of DJ spinning dance music tracks for club goers to dance to and livening up the nightlife scene in downtown Phoenix. The Monarch Theatre, 122 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.692.9633

Praying Monk

The Valley’s Chef Aaron May has been busy with his latest venture, Praying Monk. This new eatery and bar provides a laid back appeal to what is otherwise known as an upscale area. This isn’t a dive bar by any means, but the rustic woods, plush booths and simple decor make for a relaxed environment great for cocktail sipping or dining with friends. The American fare and pub-style menu may look familiar, but leave it to May to add a twist to the standard dishes. Beer is also a plenty a Praying Monk. With 18 beers on tap and 39 available by the bottle, Pray Monk provides the usual favorites but also included an array of local and unique craft options. Patrons can relax at the bar, in the dining area, or as the weather cool, take in the rotation of indie rock tunes from the patio. Praying Monk, 7217 E. First Street, Scottsdale, 480.398.3020

El Santo

The latest in a trend of pool bars coming to the Valley, the Mexican cantina inspired bar and restaurant El Santo provides a place to cool off during the summer and enjoy the warm Arizona weather year round. Complete with lime green cabanas and a cascading waterfall, El Santo is certainly a place for the bikini-clad. But for those who prefer to stay dry, this place still has a lot to offer. The great menu options and large covered patio makes this new spot very versatile. El Santo, 7301 E. Butherus Drive, Scottsdale, 480.5843801

Breaking Ground: New Digs on Campus



Walking down McAllister Avenue, students will notice Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV – a four-story, $160,000,000 research facility that will house laboratories for the School of Earth and Space Exploration, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and various University research initiatives. The project, which began in March 2010, opens its doors this fall. (Check out its “moon carpet”!)

Villas at Vista Del Sol

As if the standard of living on campus couldn’t get any better, another apartment-style student living complex lines Apache Boulevard. Students began moving into Villas at Vista Del Sol last week.

“The University is fortunate to have relationships with three very good student housing developers who stay up to speed with the most recent changes and innovations in student housing products,” Panetta said.

More traditional dorms still have their place in University housing, though we’ve heard studying is a bit more enjoyable when you’re poolside.

McCord Hall

The newest addition to the W.P. Carey School of Business is currently under construction and is slated for completion in June 2013.

Manzanita Hall

Visitors to the north side of campus will notice the renovation of Manzanita Hall – the largest residence hall at ASU – is well underway.

According to Panetta, “This project has been discussed for some time but started taking shape last year when the University finalized discussions with its Tempe campus student housing developer, American Campus Communities.”

Students will be moving into the refurbished dorm in fall 2013.


The Sun Devil Fitness Complex construction project, which according to ASU is directly linked to student demand, will be taking place on all campuses, and in Tempe this means renovations and additions to the existing facility to include a multiple-court gym, improved exercise space and a social recreation area.

The Hub

The apartment complex being built near the Tempe Transportation Center and “A” Mountain is a private project by Campus Acquisitions.

Polytechnic campus

Sun Devil Fitness Complex

Set for completion in December 2012, the Polytechnic Campus Sun Devil Fitness Complex will be a two-story, sustainable structure. Like the expansion taking place on the Tempe campus, this project is in response to student demand and is meant to enhance the student experience and campus atmosphere. The facility will house 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art recreational fitness areas and equipment, outdoor soccer and softball fields, two racquetball courts, an outdoor leisure pool and a multi-purpose gymnasium among other amenities.

The Sun Devil Fitness Complex construction project will extend to the West and Downtown campuses with similar student recreation centers slated for completion in 2013.

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