This Thursday, Local First Arizona is visiting a tiny space with a huge history in Phoenix –the Dressing room and BE: Coffee + Food + Stuff! Boasting “elevated shack” cuisine, the Dressing Room is certainly something of a gem. This previously non-descript micro building connected to MonOrchid has some big plans. You may have seen the incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign created by owners and founders Kyu Utsunomiya and Troy Watkins, which raised over $38,000 to build an extended back patio and rooftop deck! Stay tuned for more… What: Get Your PHX ("Fix"): A fun, casual and free monthly meet up for people who love to connect at new local businesses opening in Downtown Phoenix. When: Thursday, August 20th from 5:30 - 7:30p Where: Be: Coffee + Food + Stuff Details: Raffle prizes, complimentary bites from Be and wine! Click here to RSVP
Troy and Kyu have flipped, sautéed and cooked in top restaurants and hotels all around the world, finally realizing their dream of opening their own restaurant here in the downtown area. The concept of this micro-restaurant is “elevated shack” food. As Troy puts it, “Burgers, some salads, sandwiches; just very elevated ingredients at a very value driven price point.” We all know Roosevelt Row is seeing some changes coming down the pipeline, but for Troy and Kyu, it’s also important to keep a bit of history too. The name “The Dressing Room” comes from the fact that the building was once used as a dressing room for the first drag bar in Phoenix, (what was Green Haus until recently). They’re also incorporating a new mural by local artists JB Snyder and Tato Careveo, updating the existing mural also by JB Snyder.
As if starting one restaurant wasn’t enough, this creative duo opened Be: Coffee + Food + Stuff in the space once occupied by Songbird Coffee. A rotating menu of open-faced sandwiches, infusion coffee and tea, plus pastries from local bakeries and even soft serve ice cream are fast-making loyal fans. For the moment, The Dressing Room and Be are separated by a wall, but not for long. Along with plans for the extended back patio and rooftop deck, they plan to break through and join the two concepts for a cohesive space to work, meet and connect.
We’re excited to check out the opening of Be and get exclusive access to the progress of The Dressing Room, set to serve diners this fall. RSVP below to save your seat! Special thank you goes out to our sponsor for the month, AZ Reggae Fest! Hosted at Westworld and coordinated by DPT Live, enjoy three full days of incredible music, culture and food! Don't miss the One Love 5K benefitting community charities and the Caribbean Chili Cook-off! September 4-6th, tickets and info available here: 3rd Annual Reggae Fest