This week in Phoenix food news: More hotel restaurants and rooftop bars, a celebrity chef from one Italian restaurant takes over another Italian restaurant, downtown Mesa hosts a vegan drive-thru on Halloween, and more.
Chef Scott Conant Is Taking Over The Americano
The Americano, which we reviewed this summer, is a slick Italian steakhouse in north Scottsdale known for its largely steak and meat-centric dishes, pastas, and theatrical cocktails. The eatery opened in early 2020 with restaurateur Stefano Fabbri at the helm. But now, celebrity chef Scott Conant (of Mora Italian and, you know, Food Network) is taking over operations. By mid-October, Conant plans to offer new dishes and add his private label, SC Wines, to the menu. He may even open additional locations of The Americano nationwide — eventually.
Please welcome the new Cobre Kitchen + Cocktails restaurant and Outrider Rooftop Lounge.
Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale Old Town
Cobre Kitchen + Cocktails is Open in Scottsdale
Last month, we told you how Patrick Gaudet was appointed executive chef at Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale Old Town. This month, we’re here to tell you which restaurant he’ll be cheffing over. Cobre Kitchen + Cocktails, located at 7142 East First Street in Scottsdale, is now open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. The menu of this “American brasserie inspired by the Southwest” will offer small and shareable dishes. Up top, you can also snag a craft cocktail at the new Outrider Rooftop Lounge.
The kitchen here will be headed up by chef Christopher Nicosia — formerly of Sassi.
The Craftsman Cocktails and Kitchen
One More New Scottsdale Restaurant to Mention
The Craftsman Cocktails and Kitchen, which will be located at 20469 North Hayden Road in Scottsdale, is set to open October 15 at the Hayden Peak Crossing shopping area. The kitchen will be led by chef Christopher Nicosia, former executive chef of the well-loved but now-closed Italian restaurant Sassi. An inductee to the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame, Nicosia has built a menu that lists items like house-made lamb belly sausage and bone-in volcano pork. Craft beer and cocktails will also be at the ready.
The RESTAURANTS Act Is in a New House Bill
Last month, we noted how the Independent Restaurant Coalition dropped a scary commercial on the grinding halt of the restaurant industry, and how it was pushing the RESTAURANTS Act of 2020. Well, good news. As of this week, the act had been included in the House of Representative’s revised HEROES Act. You can read the text of the bill here. As of Thursday, October 1, the House passed the revised HEROES Act. Now it’s in the Senate’s court. But there’s still homework to be done. The IRC is asking us to call our senators through the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and voice our support for restaurant relief funds. Good luck.
This month’s Vegan Drive Thru event will be on Halloween in downtown Mesa.
The Nile Will Host a Vegan Drive-Thru on Halloween
Beloved downtown Mesa music venue The Nile Theater hasn’t hosted a show in six months. But the crew there (along with The Nile Coffee Shop, its neighboring plant-based café) is hosting a monthly Vegan Drive-Thru event — and this month it’s on Halloween night. Here’s how it works: Purchase food from vegandrivethru.org, a site that will go live at 9 a.m. on October 26. You’ll then be given a pick-up time and parking space so masked carhops can run out your food from 6 to 9 p.m. on October 31. Vegan vendors will be announced this Sunday. For more information, see The Nile website.
Editor’s note: This article was updated from its original version. See what Valley restaurants are offering takeout, delivery, and dine-in services with our Phoenix Restaurant Directory.