A Southern California restaurateur plans to make his out-of-state debut at a north Scottsdale shopping center.
Jasper’s Cajun Bistro will cook up bayou favorites such as jambalaya, blackened prime rib and banana raspberry crème brûlée at Haydens Peak Crossing, a planned shopping and dining village at the southeast corner of Hayden Road and Thompson Peak Parkway.
He doesn’t have a specific date to fire up the grill, but restaurant owner Jack Jasper said he has the design plans for his new eatery and a Cordon Bleu chef ready to cook up the gourmet grub as soon as he can get possession of the space.
He hopes to open in spring. Jasper owns three JACKshrimp restaurants in Orange County, Calif.
He plans to feature Cajun cooking and his popular shrimp dishes, but "take it a little more upscale," at the Scottsdale eatery.
"It will be a unique chefdriven operation based on the best of our 15 years (of JACKshrimp operations) and the creativity of the chef," he said.
"It will be geared towards foodies who enjoy good flavors, good food, good shrimp."
Jasper said he may build some JACKshrimp restaurants in the Valley, but Jasper’s Cajun Bistro will not become a chain.
The California restaurateur said he has a second home in Scottsdale and has been scouting space for a restaurant in the city for several years. He plans to make Scottsdale his permanent headquarters within the next few months.
"We’re really excited about Jasper coming," said Chris Gerardo, vice president of leasing for Hayden Peak Crossing developer The Pederson Group. "He’s a great restaurant operator."
The one-of-a-kind restaurant and the first-in-the-Valley Fry’s Signature Supermarket will be catalysts for north Scottsdale shoppers to flock to the new center, Gerardo said.
The first Fry’s Signature Supermarket opened in Tucson, said Fry’s spokeswoman Kendra Doyel. It’s larger than a regular Fry’s and has many of the features of the company’s Marketplace stores, including a vast patio furniture department and an expanded wine section.
The Signature stores have an open, brighter look and feel, and each store is tailored to the needs of a specific neighborhood, Doyel said.
Doyel said the new-style Fry’s is expected to open in late spring.
Haydens Peak Crossing is about the same size as the 4-year-old Grayhawk Plaza, another Pederson shopping center less than two driving miles away. Gerardo said he‘s not worried that Haydens Peak will steal Grayhawk’s customers.
"There are a lot of tenants who wanted to be in that area, but Grayhawk is 100 percent leased," he said.
The new center has about 50 percent of its shop spaces pre-leased, Gerardo said.
Signed on are Prestige Cleaners, Bella Day Spa, Great Clips, Global Network of Homes — a real estate company, Piñata’s Mexican restaurant and Rosati’s Pizza. All are expected to open in spring, he said.
The company is negotiating with other potential tenants, and expects to fill up the rest of the center with boutiques, a card shop and other neighborhood services, Gerardo said.
Hayden’s Peak Crossing is in the heart of the upscale communities of Grayhawk, DC Ranch and Pinnacle Peak neighborhoods, Gerardo said. The average household income within a three-mile radius is $138,769, he said.