If all that holiday shopping has made you hungry, there are lots of new, or new-look, dining options around the East Valley. The Mancuso family’s latest concept, Bobby’s, just opened at Kierland Commons, Scottsdale Road and Greenway Parkway on the Scottsdale-Phoenix border.
The restaurant’s specialties include American continental cuisine with an Italian flair, live jazz seven nights a week and decor that makes you feel like you are in Hollywood.
The family also owns Mancuso’s at the Summit, Scottsdale and Ashler Hills roads in north Scottsdale, and Frankie’s Little Italy at Scottsdale 101, Scottsdale Road and Loop 101, for those who miss the menus at the family’s old Borgata hot spots.
Scottsdale-based Samurai Sam’s Teriyaki Grill recently unveiled its new logo, menu and decor at the downtown Tempe restaurant in the Cornerstone Mall, 920 E. University Drive.
The new logo features a more realistic icon representing front man "Samurai Sam" and a more legible font.
The shop redo also includes oversized murals, a new paint scheme, ebony-accented countertops and Japanese paper lanterns.
The McDonald’s at Scottsdale and Thomas roads in Scottsdale also completed a big renovation recently. The signature red, yellow and allplastic decor has been replaced with muted hues, copper wall coverings and upholstered settees.
The restaurant’s Playland got air hockey, foosball and video games.
McDonald’s Corp. announced in March that it planned to spend $725 million this year to refurbish up to 2,160 stores worldwide. Valleywide, 50 restaurants have been re-imaged since 2003 at a cost of $15 million to local owner operators, according to franchisee Jerry Wernau.
NEW PIZZA PLACE
Marco’s Pizza, a 27-yearold, Ohio-based, take-out-ordelivery chain, opened its first Arizona store at 446 N. Higley Road in Mesa. Watch for more news about this new-to-the-Valley brand, which plans to open stores at Baseline and Gilbert roads in Gilbert, and Arizona Avenue and Ocotillo Road in Chandler within the next couple of months.
We’ve been telling you for months about Casual Corner’s impending demise. Hopefully, if the chain was a favorite shopping stop, you’ve been taking advantage of the clearance sales.
Local malls are not throwing their longtime tenant a going away bash. Except in court.
Scottsdale Fashion Square and Chandler Fashion Center are among several Arizona shopping centers suing the soon-to-be-defunct chain’s owners for defaulting on leases.