What’s New in Tempe, Arizona – January 2015

Spring Training

Make Tempe Home Base for Cactus League Spring Training
In March, hope springs eternal for baseball fans who will grab their mitts and ball caps and head to Arizona to see to their favorite Cactus League Spring Training team in action. Tempe is home to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

The Angels will take on rivals from 14 other Cactus League teams, including the Mariners, Cubs, Giants, Rockies and the Rangers. The 2015 season begins on March 3 and ends on April 4. With mountain views, affordable ticket pricing and tasty ballpark food, Tempe Diablo is one of the more popular stadiums in Arizona for spring training. Getting to and from games at Tempe Diablo Stadium and the new Cubs Park is easy on the free trolleys operating from Downtown Tempe and Tempe Marketplace. For more information, visit www.tempebaseball.com.

New Developments

New collegiate inspired hotel opens in Tempe
Take a journey back to the glory days of college where your intellectual curiosity meets your favorite place to stay.

Tempe is now home to Graduate Tempe, part of a new brand of hotels by AJ Capital Partners. Just like the Tempe location, all of the Graduate hotels are or will be centralized around college towns across the country. Graduate Tempe is across the street from the Arizona State University Tempe Campus in the former Twin Palms Hotel.

There are subtle nods to the school, but guests will not find bold school colors in maroon and gold in Graduate Tempe. For example, given the school’s popular social insect program, guests will find a large ant farm behind the desk in the lobby. And, room keys resemble college I.D. cards.

The 140-room boutique hotel features two must-try eateries. The Normal is a diner-chic restaurant with homemade classics. Tapacubo is a Mexican street food outpost and bar that serves up high-octane margaritas and south of the border fare.

225 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 967-9431

The Yard at Farmer Arts District brings dining, spin classes and event space to a downtown warehouse
Arizona-based Fox Restaurant Concepts has renovated a warehouse space in Downtown Tempe that is home to Culinary Dropout at the Yard, event spaces, and The Madison, a spin class studio.

The historic warehouse-like building located at First Street and Farmer Avenue was once home to a citrus packing company and later, a furniture manufacturing and showcase room. The rich, reclaimed wood beams and detailed metal frame convey a rustic architecture for this open-air concept that features outdoor games, an entertainment stage and two private event spaces, The Showcase Room and The Coop.

Savory nosh, crafted cocktails and the next big names in local music have found a new home at Culinary Dropout, a glamorous gastro-pub. Continuing the urban look and feel is an upstairs loft housing The Madison, where a “party on a bike” is a daily occurrence at this entertainment-based fitness club. Over Easy, a breakfast concept by Chef Aaron May, will also be housed in this space in 2015.

Collectively known as The Yard at Farmers Arts District, this project is providing Tempe’s visitors, young entrepreneurs and business folk a place to come unwind or refuel to begin or end their busy workdays.

With over 14,000 square feet, Culinary Dropout at the Yard Tempe represents modern-day take on a Downtown Tempe neighborhood spot. www.foxrc.com

New Restaurants

Postino Annex
The latest Postino WineCafé location, Postino Annex (615 S. College Avenue), recently opened inside a revamped former art studio just steps away from the ASU Tempe Campus. Tucked into the historic ASU Art Annex building, this fourth Valley Postino location is open daily for lunch and dinner with brunch every weekend. Guests can savor a compact yet craveable menu of bruschettas, from-scratch soups, fresh salads and hearty panini sandwiches – all made with the finest local ingredients. Plus, every Saturday and Sunday (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.), Postino serves up farm-fresh brunch fare with a side of live music and $5 mimosas. Postino’s ever-changing selection of boutique wines and craft beers is also popular and includes 16 beers on tap and two dedicated nitro taps. www.postinowinecafe.com

Revo Pizzabar
The new Revo Pizzabar’s authentic, European-style pies feature premium artisan ingredients set atop traditional, wheat or gluten-free crusts. Revo Pizzabar’s pies are all handmade using the finest, freshest ingredients this side of the Mediterranean.

Revo Pizzabar is located at the corner of 5th Street and Forest in Downtown Tempe in the Tempe Transportation Center, steps away from METRO light rail. www.revopizza.com

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, opened in Tempe in December. It is located inside the remodeled Art Annex Building at the intersection of College Avenue and 6th Street (next door to the new Postino Annex). This all-new Snooze serves up their time-tested menu of chef-crafted, farm-fresh breakfast and brunch classics that have made it so popular. Housed inside a custom-designed 3,500 sq. ft. space, the new Tempe location also showcases Snooze’s signature bold, colorful atmosphere and retro-futuristic décor. Plus, in a nod to the restaurant’s university setting, there are plenty of community tables to accommodate both large groups and solo diners. And as always, Snooze offers free coffee and games of corn hole to anyone waiting for a table.

At Snooze, guests are tempted by from-scratch menu items such as a choose-your-own flight of fluffy pancakes or house-made breakfast pot pie smothered in rosemary sausage gravy. Another favorite is the Niman Ranch cage-free eggs benedict topped with spicy barbacoa beef and decadent cream cheese hollandaise sauce, or shaved Tender Belly ham, slow roasted pork and Dijon hollandaise. Furthermore, Snooze was built on a commitment to sustainability, from incorporating as much responsibly grown food and materials as possible to recycling and composting 90% of their waste. www.snoozeeatery.com

Craft Breweries

Four Peaks Brewing Company now offering brewery tours
Recently named America’s favorite craft brewery as part of the Travel Channel’s inaugural Microbrew Madness, Four Peaks Brewing Company in Tempe, Ariz. is now offering tours of their brewery.

Tours are offered on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. The cost is $10 per person, which includes a 40-minute tour and 2 tickets for 16 ounce beers. A Four Peaks representative will take guests through their historic turn-of-the-century creamery building to see how beer is made from the individual ingredients all the way through canning, bottling and kegging.

Arizona’s most awarded brewery is known for craft beers such as Kilt Lifter Scottish-style ale, Hop Knot IPA and popular seasonal beers like Pumpkin Porter. They also serve excellent pub and Southwestern-inspired fare. www.fourpeaks.com

Blasted Barley Beer Co. now open in Downtown Tempe
Downtown Tempe is now home to a new locally owned microbrewery and restaurant. Blasted Barley Beer Co., at 404 S. Mill Ave., features more than 30 varieties on tap from local, national and global craft brewers, and a bold, brewpub menu by Executive Chef Jason Shaw.

Their first handcrafted beer, Orange Bomb, debuted on January 8. Orange Bomb is a dry stout brewed with American chocolate malt, sweet orange peel and ahtanum and citra hops. At least two more handcrafted selections will be available by March.

Blasted Barley also features a great outdoor patio playground for bar games, live music, plenty of flat screens to watch sports, and a close-to-scratch kitchen that specializes in playful, eclectic pub fare. www.blastedbarley.com

Upcoming Events

Desert Schools Broadway Across America—Arizona series
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed ASU Gammage with their blockbuster 14/15 Broadway season. Upcoming shows include:

DIRTY DANCING, February 17-22, 2015
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA, March 10-15, 2015
CHICAGO, March 27-29, 2015
MOTOWN, April 21-26, 2015
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, May 27- June 7, 2015
WICKED, August 26-October 4, 2015
(480) 965-3434

Tempe Festival of the Arts
March 27-29, 2015
December 4-6, 2015
Downtown Tempe
(480) 355-6060
Beginning at 10 a.m. each day, Downtown Tempe will be filled with as many as 350 artist booths displaying unique, hand-made artwork ranging from photography to sculpture to jewelry and everything in between. The festival also includes a cottage edibles area, sampling at the Arizona Wine Festival and The Art of Beer, live entertainment, a variety of street performers and craft projects at the Kids Innovation Section.

Cactus League Spring Training
March 3-April 4, 2015
Stadiums through the Phoenix area, including Tempe Diablo Stadium
Cactus League Spring Training brings 15 Major League Baseball teams to 10 stadiums to play more than 200 games. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim call Tempe home as they play teams such as the Cubs, the Brewers, the Rockies and the Giants.

Pot of Gold Music Festival
March 13, 14, 15 and 17, 2015
Tempe Beach Park
This new multi-day music festival will feature popular musical acts such as Bastille, Kendrick Lamar, Fall Out Boy and Korn.

Arizona Dragon Boat Festival
March 28-29, 2015
Tempe Town Lake Marina
This event will feature competitive and recreational dragon boat races, vendors, and Asian and Pacific inspired talented entertainment.