After Many Delays, Matt Carter Opens The House in Old Town
After weeks of delay, Matt Carter, Terry Ellisor and Brian Raab quietly opened The House at 6936 E. Main Street in Old Town Scottsdale on Wednesday night. The partners had planned to open the restaurant -- housed in a charming 1929 bungalow said to be the second oldest house in Scottsdale -- earlier in the summer, but they had issues with the city over the interior sprinklers, installed in case of fire.
Carter says the place still has a number of minor logistical issues to be resolved, but the city and the fire marshall have signed off on everything, and now they're up and running.
Monday and Tuesday nights were devoted to trial runs with friends and family. Thursday night, without any media coverage whatsoever, The House did 90 covers.
When I walked around late yesterday afternoon, the place was swarming with staff getting ready for service. The interior conjures a classy, 19th Century bordello -- with maybe a hint of European bistro -- thanks to flocked wallpaper, crystal chandeliers and lots of mirrors.
Past the French doors along the west wall lies a charming patio outfitted with a massive brick fireplace and shaded by a huge old tree. According to Carter, the story goes that the tree was planted 70+ years ago, after the family who lived there used it as a Christmas tree. True or not, it's a great story and a great tree. We're all going to want to spend time here.