Kevin Binkley Gets Closer to Opening New Spot in Central Phoenix

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Kevin Binkley at Binkley's
Permits, permits, permits. They're the bane of every restaurateur's existence in the pre-opening phase of a new restaurant. But Kevin Binkley -- who opened Binkley's Restaurant in 2004 and Café Bink in 2008 -- is taking it all in stride, sprucing up the former Sophie's Bistro space on Osborn in preparation for an early to mid-March opening.

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It didn't take Kevin and his wife Amy long to settle on a name -- Bink's -- and they know exactly where they're headed with the concept (think fresh, think local, think loads of veggies). But as Binkley points out, the new place will evolve over time. Here are a few things the two are planning.

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Although tables will be draped in white tablecloths, they'll also be topped with butcher paper, which, together with dishtowel napkins, will signify "relaxed American bistro," not the price points or the formality of Binkley's.

Binkley says he hasn't changed the former Sophie's space too dramatically -- fresh paint, reupholstered chairs, new banquettes, new light fixtures, re-finished floors and grounds grooming -- but he's reconfigured a few areas for better flow. And although you may never see it, he's also sunk a chunk of change in the kitchen.

He plans to bring in a liquid nitrogen tank for frozen martinis and other cool molecular cocktails, and he says his thick paper menus will be topped with a smaller daily menu -- the one bound to the other with a tiny clothespin -- naming what's fresh that day and the farmer who grew it.

Prices will be extremely reasonable: a $14 check average for lunch and a $28 check average for dinner. Dinner entrees will range between the mid-teens to low-20's. The message conveyed: This is Bink's, not Binkley's.

Although the menu will surely be tweaked a dozen times before opening, here are a few things we might expect (in some delicious version or other):

Location Info

Binkley's Restaurant

6920 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Cafe Bink

36889 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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