Scottsdale restaurateur Sam Fox is opening one of his popular eateries in Chandler on Queen Creek Road between Price and Dobson roads.
Doors to Fox's ninth Sauce restaurant opens to diners on Monday.
Sauce serves a range of salads, sandwiches, gourmet thin-crust pizzas, desserts and wines.
Prices range from $8.75 for 12-inch pizzas like the mozzarella & fontina cheese & basil to $10.50 for the sausage & pepperoni with roasted red peppers, onions and crimini mushrooms.
Sandwiches like the roast beef & mozzarella or the turkey, fontina & pesto aioli cost about $8. About $6 will buy a grilled cheese sandwich. But Sauce uses an unusual blend of cheddar, mozzarella and fontina.
Wine costs between $5 and $6 per glass and $20 to $24 per bottle.
GET FIT IN GILBERT
Gilbert-based Mountainside Fitness Centers is opening a gym at Val Vista Drive and Loop 202 in Gilbert.
Mountainside, the largest fitness center chain in the state, was founded in Ahwatukee Foothills by Tom Hatten after he dropped out of Arizona State University at age 21.
In a story about the company last year, Hatten told the Tribune his goal was to carve out a niche in an industry dominated by corporate titans like Bally Total Fitness and 24 Hour Fitness by trying to make exercise more fun.
All of Mountainside's cardiovascular machines are equipped with televisions, and the gyms have mini-movie theaters with 7- to 8-foot-high screens, virtual reality cycling machines, tanning booths, and salons that offer waxings, facials and massages.
The Gilbert gym is due to open in the first quarter of 2009.
CITYNORTH ADDING TENANTS
Despite all the economic doom and gloom in the news, not all businesses are contracting.
CityNorth developers say they have lined up 47 upscale retailers and eight restaurants to move in to its street-level shop space at High Street, the first of three areas to debut in the CityCenter core of CityNorth, the residential-retail-restaurant-office development under construction in northeast Phoenix.
Most of the new stores and eateries will serve customers from High Street's opening day, Nov. 13, and they need employees - a whopping 250 or more to hire in a hurry.