By Shayna Stephens
Roosevelt Row is known for its artistic free-spirited culture, and the eatery, Paz Cantina, fits right in, according to assistant general manager Andrew Fischer.
“It’s just a really cool place to be,” Fischer says about the restaurant and Roosevelt Row.
“It really grasps the whole entire culture of this part of Phoenix. I just don’t really know of any other place around here where you actually get that.”
With its artwork and creative entrees, Paz Cantina found its home on Roosevelt Row, more specifically the floor level of the newly constructed Broadstone Roosevelt apartment building. The 7,000-square-foot Paz Cantina boasts the restaurant, the Paz Café and The Venue.
“Paz focuses on community, culture and food,” Fischer says. “That’s why we have all of the murals by local artists throughout the restaurant.”
Each part of Paz Cantina encompasses the spirit of downtown Phoenix and aligns with the artistic free-spirited culture and aesthetic of Roosevelt Row. This sentiment also carries over to the staff, which Fischer says, sits at about 55 employees.
Paz Cantina Restaurant
The decor and ambiance embody Roosevelt Row’s culture and attitude and offering patrons a menu full of authentic Mexican dishes, specialty drinks and cocktails.
Helmed by executive chef Johanna Loarte, the menu boasts staples like chicken tinga and chollo fries as well new items like veggie tostadas and fajita tacos.
Fischer says about 80 percent of the menu is gluten free, and it has vegetarian options as well.
In addition to lunch and dinner, the restaurant serves brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each weekend, with a variety of classics and signature dishes, such as tres leches French toast, and Paz brunch burrito.
Patrons also love Paz Cantina’s happy hour, which includes discounts on drinks and appetizers from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday.
The café’s menu includes various coffee, espresso and specialty drinks, such as the Mayan mocha, a blend of chocolate, cinnamon and habanero extract.
Pastries are available as guests enjoy art from local artists at this gallery. The café—open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 6 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays—has a rotating set of artwork, offering a fresh vibe and atmosphere.
Those who are interested in having their art displayed can call 602-281-2930 and ask for general manager Maj Kayyali or Fischer.
The Venue features live music and entertainment throughout the week, including jazz on Wednesdays and reggae on Thursdays. An LED video wall, full bar and games accompany the music.
On Sundays, You Betta Sing Productions hosts karaoke night. Sporting events aren’t left out at The Venue, as UFC, basketball and football games are on the video wall.
Upcoming events and specials
In addition to weekly events, Paz Cantina features specials for Spring Training attendees, March Madness enthusiasts and St. Patrick’s Day revelers.
Spring Training fans can get a beer for 1 cent after the purchase of a full-priced brew with a ticket stub.
The Venue is hosting a March Madness bracket release party and contest for patrons. It will be open on Thursday and Friday for the games.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Paz Cantina will have live music and will serve green beer and corned beef tacos. There will also be drink specials throughout the day for anyone wearing green.