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Fire and Fun: Kasai Japanese Steakhouse maintains its high energy

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski When Sapporo in Scottsdale rebranded as Kasai Japanese Steakhouse in November 2018, the move infused new energy into the 11,000-square-foot airy building. Owner Michael Russello says that energy hasn’t subsided at the teppanyaki...

Changing Things Up: State 48 keeps things fresh at new Norterra Rock House

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski State 48 likes to keep things fresh. In Downtown Phoenix, State 48 Brewery caters to the concert crowd from The Van Buren and Crescent Ballroom when there’s not a pandemic. The location also...

Truly Successful: There’s nothing basic about Tru Burger

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Stuart Gee has literally spent his life in the restaurant business. Growing up in Waterloo, Iowa, he split his days between school and his father’s Chinese restaurant. After college, he worked for Red...

Convenient Ordering: Fantasticós adds drive-thru and online ordering in Cave Creek

By Connor Dziawura With the stay-at-home order over and many restaurants trying to return to some semblance of normalcy, while still maintaining safe practices during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, one local establishment is aiming to...

A True Visionary: Chef Marcellino Verzino brings the flavor to Old Town

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Sima Verzino calls her husband, Chef Marcellino Verzino, a “visionary.” That relates to the creative dishes at Marcellino Ristorante in Old Town Scottsdale and his thoughts for the restaurant, which was temporarily closed...

Arizona Restaurant Week Returns: Biannual event shines the spotlight on suffering industry

By Annika Tomlin The COVID-19 pandemic nearly decimated the food and beverage industry. The biannual event held to celebrate local eateries, Arizona Restaurant Week, was replaced in the spring by Arizona Take Out Week. Following CDC...

Food as Therapy: Glendale merchants ask, ‘What’s Cookin’?’

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Lorraine Zomok sees baking and cooking as therapy. When she was being treated for head and neck cancer, she wrapped herself in the warmth of cooking shows. Throughout the pandemic, meticulously making...

Backyard Party: New sports bar is where neighbors get their ‘grubb’ on

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Regina Holmes believes everything happens for a reason. When she and her husband, J.J., had the chance to rebrand the couple’s Native Grill and Wings stores, they ran with it.  “Life happens for a...

Musical Meals: VooDoo Daddy’s offers takeout guests can dance to

By Liz Renninger Laissez bon ton roulette! Takeout just got a little livelier at VooDoo Daddy’s Steam Kitchen. The locally owned Cajun and creole restaurant is open and offering pickup and takeout orders in the...

A Light During the Crisis: Brother-sister duo won’t let pandemic stop their restaurant

By Kacey Wilson Meliza Miranda and her brother, Jorge Cota, had been planning to open a modern Mexican restaurant in Peoria for quite some time. They weren’t about to let even a pandemic stop them from...

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