The Strand Urban Italian, Silk Asian Chop House and More Coming Soon to Downtown Phoenix

Categories: Restaurant News
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Carol Blonder

The Downtown Phoenix Partnership unveiled the second annual Downtown Dining Guide Wednesday at the recently opened Westin Phoenix Downtown. It was a chance to graze on offerings from six downtown restaurants and learn about what's up next for the downtown  dining "district," ambitiously dubbed "Arizona's Urban Heart" after the name Copper Square never quite caught on. 

Promises of Italian fry bread (a "new take" on pizza) and fine Asian dining were made over chicken Cuban bocadillo from Province, yellowtail sashimi from Nobuo at Teeter House and peach cobbler from Karim's Cobbler Shop and Deli

Learn about Strand Urban Italian and Silk Asian Chop House -- opening in the fall -- and more, after the jump.

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Carol Blonder
Chef Nabuo Fukuda

There are 21 new listings in this year's guide, taking the total eateries, listed by cuisine, to 120. The print version is intentionally smaller, designed to roll up and fit in a pocket. There is still a fold out map with light rail stations and parking facilities marked. The guide will be available at area businesses, can be ordered online and appears in PDF, digi-book and will be on an updated app.

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Carol Blonder
Jimmy Carlin
Jimmy Carlin from Maven Hospitality Group announced plans for two projects opening this fall at Cityscape. The Strand Urban Italian ( target opening for October) is a fast casual concept -- "hip, stylish, think Milan," featuring frozen cocktails, a twist on pizza (as Italian "fry bread"), salads, pasta, and zeppoles (deep fried pastry). 
Silk Asian Chop House, slated to open later in the year, will bring "east meets west dining" with a sushi bar, live fish tanks, and an indoor-outdoor bar to Central Ave. 
Carlin plans for both restaurants to be open 7 days a week with The Strand open for breakfast and Silk Asian Chop House open late nights.

Anticipated fall openings listed in the guide include The Breakfast Club, Huey's 24/7 Diner (burgers, fries and big easy favorites), Rasputin Vodka Bar (a Jason Doyle restaurant and lounge concept) and Bowl of Greens (fast casual Mediterranean). 

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