CityScape adds dining variety to downtown Phoenix

The three new restaurants range from beverages to American cuisine

Located one light rail stop away from ASU’s Downtown campus, CityScape offers shopping and dining experiences in the heart of downtown Phoenix. With the addition of three new restaurants, the mixed-use development will offer more food options for downtown Phoenix residents. 

Dog Haus Biergarten, Pigtails Cocktail Bar and Nekter Juice Bar will split up the space that was once Startups on Central on the corner of Washington Street and Central Avenue. 

A press release from Red Development, the managers of the property, said an opening date for the new restaurants will be announced later this year. Red Development declined to comment in an email. 

Dog Haus Biergarten sells hot dogs, burgers and ice cream among other options and currently has two stores in Arizona. The restaurant is also opening a new location in Santan Village, according to Dog Haus Biergarten’s website.

As a sister concept to the Whining Pig Beer & Wine Bar, Pigtails Cocktail Bar will be located in a 1,294 square-foot space at CityScape. According to an article from Phoenix Business Journal, the pre-existing Whining Pig Beer & Wine Bar, which is located a few blocks east on Second and Washington streets, will remain open. 

Nekter Juice Bar will occupy a 1,350 square-foot space and provide options including smoothies, beverages and acai bowls. 

Richard Holland, director of marketing and communication at the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, said the addition of these restaurants offers something new to the area that could bring in a student clientele. 

“What these restaurants and ASU students have most in common is geography,” Holland said. 

Holland said the new restaurants may find support from students walking by or visiting CityScape. He also said that if the restaurants wanted to use marketing skills to bring in students, an “obvious option” would be to offer samples or coupons to students as they walk by. 

Ryan Carlson, a sophomore studying criminology, criminal justice and business who attends classes on the Downtown campus, said the new restaurants will offer a variety that was previously lacking in the area. 

“There aren’t many restaurant options for students who can’t go to bars, so this could give students who live downtown an extra place to stop,” Carlson said. 

Prior to the Fry's opening in downtown, the city was criticized for being a food desert. 

He said that though he commutes now, having other dining options would have been a great addition to his downtown living experience. 

However, a larger client base may be unaffiliated with ASU. David King, an assistant professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, said the restaurants will not only add to the atmosphere of CityScape but could also find more support from other local residents as well as ASU students. 

“Sometimes restaurants can be destinations, but most restaurants benefit from locating in places where people already are,” King said. 

He said this creates a positive cycle that benefits both restaurants and stores, and because student populations are mostly seasonal, ASU students may be more of a “bonus.” 

Regardless of who visits the restaurants most frequently, King said they have a lot to add to CityScape. 

“New restaurants will add to the atmosphere and give more people a reason to come downtown,” King said. 


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