What’s New in Tempe, Arizona – April 2018

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2018-2019 Broadway Season at ASU Gammage
ASU Gammage, the historic theater designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, will bring the best of Broadway to Tempe again in the 2018-2019 ASU Gammage Desert Financial Broadway Across America – Arizona Season. The new season features the winner of six 2017 Tony Awards® and 2018 Grammy Award® winner DEAR EVAN HANSEN; beloved Broadway hit Disney’s ALADDIN; and the Tony Award®-winning Best Musical Revival HELLO, DOLLY! starring Broadway legend Betty Buckley.

In addition, ASU Gammage is thrilled to welcome back three Valley favorites as season options including RENT, THE BOOK OF MORMON, and Arizona’s most “popular” musical WICKED.

The 2018-2019 season includes the following shows:

WAITRESS October 2-7, 2018

ON YOUR FEET! November 6-11, 2018

DEAR EVAN HANSEN November 27–December 2, 2018

HELLO, DOLLY! January 8-13, 2019

ALADDIN Jan. 31- Feb. 17, 2019

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG March 19-24, 2019

WICKED April 3-May 5, 2019

RENT May 28–June 2, 2019


THE BOOK OF MORMON August 6-11, 2019

For more information, visit www.asugammage.com.

Hayden Flour Mill to get new life with commercial space, restaurants and hotel
Dick Portillo, Baum Revision, BlueRoad Ventures and Aparium Hotel Group with the City of Tempe are transforming the iconic Hayden Flour Mill and Silo buildings into a commercial mixed-use complex with an upscale, independently branded hotel. The Hayden Flour Mill is located in Downtown Tempe.

The two-phase adaptive reuse project will span 150,000 square-feet, celebrate the distinguished architectural character of the existing historic structures, and tastefully expand upon the site with the addition of a modern, mid-rise building. Upon completion, the property will consist of a full-service hotel featuring 165 well-appointed guestrooms and suites, market-leading food and beverage offerings and innovative meeting space, as well as 30,000 square feet of boutique retail and creative office space. The project will also debut an expansive event lawn space for the enjoyment of both residents and visitors.

Hayden Flour Mill is Tempe’s most iconic structure and the reason the city was built. Tempe’s most famous street, Mill Avenue, is named after the flour mill. The mill first started in 1874 as a location for area farmers to bring their grains. The historic building that stands today was constructed in 1918, after fires took the first mill. For more information, visit http://www.baumrevision.com/hayden-flour-mill/#.

New Restaurants

TRES Tempe Blends Mediterranean and Southwestern Flavors
TRES Tempe, located in the Discovery Office Park at 7200 South Price Road, opened in February 2018. Their menu blends the robust flavors of the Southwest, Spain and the Mediterranean.

Named for three styles of eating at the restaurant, TRES offers dinners, quick bites or full meals during lunch, light bites during happy hour and a varied dinner approach that appeals to bar patrons, single diners, groups and families. A highlight inside the restaurant is a large bar that will serve as a community gathering space for a vibrant happy hour scene, craft cocktails, and extensive wine and beer offerings.

Three sizes of plates (paying homage to the name TRES) are offered, including small tasting plates serving as starters, tapas or light bites to pair with a cocktail, medium entrée plates such as salads, sandwiches, and more substantial portions to meet the cravings of any diner, and large sharing plates (a.k.a. wood-oven feasts) designed for groups to share.

TRES Tempe is open daily for lunch and dinner starting at 11:00 a.m. Happy Hour is served daily from 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.throughout the entire restaurant (not limited to bar).

Tempe Welcomes Aaron Chamberlin’s Tempe Public Market Café
Part casual eatery and retailer and part urban outdoor oasis, Tempe Public Market Café just opened in south Tempe.

Valley sister restaurant of the celebrated Phoenix Public Market Café arrives courtesy of brothers and co-owners Aaron and David Chamberlin of St. Francis fame. Boasting broad, health-focused menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks, the café offers many of the same elements that made its Phoenix predecessor a city mainstay, but with a uniquely Tempe twist.

Morning highlights include fresh-baked pastries and classic and contemporary breakfast dishes. Lunch offerings include an assortment of sandwiches, burgers and leafy greens, such as the ​AB&J​, an “adult” take on the PB&J, featuring almond butter, sliced apples and jelly on nine-grain bread, and the ​Superfood Salad​, packed with kale, quinoa, broccoli, avocado and other fixings under raw apple cider vinaigrette.

Once the sun goes down, guests can enjoy additional dinnertime entrée options, among them Pork Chile Verde Pot Pie ​and ​Brick Pressed Chicken​, with ample options for beer, wine, coffee and cocktails.

In addition to a lush, spacious patio as ideal for a morning cup of coffee as it is a quick nightcap, the communal, inviting space offers fire pits, fountains and numerous options for seating. Visitors can also shop an eclectic mix of offerings from local artisans sharing their wares in the café’s retail section.

Learn more about Tempe Public Market at www.TempePublicMarket.com​.

Hotel News

Canopy by Hilton Says Hello to Tempe
Driftwood Acquisitions & Development recently announced plans to build a new Canopy by Hilton hotel in Tempe, Ariz. The $60M+, 200-room Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown, University Area will be in the heart of the city. It will be located on University Drive, across the street from the Arizona State University Tempe Campus.

When it opens it will span 14 floors and feature a lobby-level café, a gym, more than 3,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a rooftop pool and terrace bar, cabanas and a fire pit. It is expected to break ground in May of 2018 and is slated to open its doors by December of 2019.

The Westin Tempe Breaks Ground Construction begins on 18-story lifestyle hotel in the heart of Tempe
The Westin Tempe has officially broken ground in the heart of Downtown Tempe on Seventh Street between Mill and Myrtle avenues. Developed by Las Vegas-based CAI Investments, the 18-story Westin Tempe will be a full-service business hotel.

Westin Tempe is planned to feature state-of-the-art guest rooms and corridors, with custom-designed elements and artwork, as well as energy conservation practices. The hotel will also feature a rooftop pool lounge, the brand’s signature WestinWORKOUT fitness studio, full-service restaurant, coffee shop and 14,000 square feet of meeting space.

Westin Tempe is scheduled to open in third quarter of 2019.

New AZ Barrel House Tours
AZ Barrel House Tours is a brand new brewery tour experience in the Phoenix area. These expert-guided brewery tours will take guests behind the scenes to breweries including Four Peaks Brewing Company, Huss Brewing Company, and Helton Brewing Company and pairs their beer with Arizona distilleries including O.H.S.O. Distillery and Adventurous Stills.

Tours will be hosted and led by twenty-year Arizona Craft Beer veteran and AZ Barrel House owner, Tim Neuman. Guests can expect an all-inclusive bus tour experience that combines the hand-crafted beverages of its local artisans with a trip through Arizona’s recent history. The price to take one of these tours starts at only $89.99.

AZ Barrel House Tours is designed for both locals and visitors and offers a new perspective of Arizona using the lens of the local beer and spirits trade and how these businesses repurposed buildings to reshape the culture of Phoenix-area communities through their hand-crafted creations.

AZ Barrel House Tours offerse three different tour options – The Heart of Phoenix Tour, Tempe Historic, and The Scottsdale Loop. These tours will also focus on unique aspects of the local history and story behind each location in addition to supplying plenty of craft beer and spirits samples, showcasing four different locations in each city.

For more information about AZ Barrel House Tours or to make reservations, visit www.azbarrelhouse.com or find AZ Barrel House Tours on Facebook, @azbarrelhouse.

Upcoming Events:

May 15-20, 2018
ASU Gammage

July 4 Tempe Town Lake Festival
July 4, 2018
Tempe Beach Park

Major League Triathlon
September 22, 2018
Tempe Beach Park

2018 Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake
October 12-14, 2018
Tempe Town Lake

Electric Desert
October 12, 2018-May 12, 2019
Desert Botanical Garden


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