Behind the big construction fence at Superstition Springs Center in Mesa, workers are carving out a mall extension for a mega-sized Borders Books, Music and Cafe and finishing up a major makeover of the center’s amphitheater and botanical garden.
The new Borders isn’t slated to open until by March 2006, but the amphitheater will be ready to stroll through or lounge in by the end of November, mall marketing manager Jenny Burbach said.
The new version of the outdoor concert and leisure venue will be more family friendly and visible from the road, Burbach said.
The shopping center also made room for two sit-down restaurants ringing the amphitheater. No eateries have signed on yet, but the mall should have those pegged by spring and cooking up goodies by summer.
The new Borders will be nearly 10 times the size of sister chain Waldenbooks, which will close its Superstition Springs location when its bigger brother opens.
Speaking of new eateries, here’s a little more dish about P.F. Chang’s new Japanese restaurant concept, which is expected to open sometime in 2006 at the Borgata, the alsoconstruction-saddled shopping center at Scottsdale Road and Rose Lane in Scottsdale.
Taneko Japanese Tavern will seat about 160 diners and feature a Japanese menu, but it will not be a sushi or teppanyaki-style restaurant.
The Scottsdale-based restaurant company still does not have a signed lease with Borgata-owner Westcor, so there is no more information available.
Steinway & Sons, makers of world-renowned, hand-crafted pianos, is staging a three-day grand opening extravaganza beginning Tuesday at a new dealership, 14418 N. Scottsdale Road on the Scottsdale-Phoenix border.
The store will host musical performances and workshops by Steinway artists. Also on hand will be piano designer Silas Kopf, a master of marquetry, a highly prized form of furniture decoration, and Steinway authority Joe Bisceglie.
For more information or to reserve a seat for workshops, call 951-3337.
Upscale rug store Fenwicks of Scottsdale, 14885 N. 83rd Place in the Scottsdale Airpark, debuted this week. Besides fine, handcrafted rugs, Fenwicks sells home accessories and specialty flooring.