Phoenix, Arizona – Downtown Phoenix adds another eclectic wine bar and restaurant to the mix of unique eateries in the Roosevelt Row Arts District. Surrounded by an array of community culture, galleries and art studios are small locally owned restaurants to contribute to the urban thriving market. Local business owners, Keith Shanks and wife Patty Gii just opened their second location of Rott n’ Grapes RoRo.
Master Tenant Representation Broker Jennifer Hill with SVN Desert Commercial Advisors assists companies with their overall growth strategy through the commercial real estate process. Hill provides an individualized client needs assessment, assists with site evaluation/selection process, proposal/lease/purchase negotiations, demographics review, traffic patterns, and competitive analysis just to name a few services. In doing this, she was able to assist the restaurant owners in identifying the right space at the end of Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix’s historic Gold Spot building. The restaurant and wine bar is located at 1001 N. 3rd Ave. The 3,076 square foot property also includes a 20′-below- ground speakeasy in a 100-year-old basement that has been renovated into a modern, cozy environment with plush furniture, dimmed lights and personal bar and food service called “The Onyx.” Hill stated, “I think the owner has increased his likelihood of success here by establishing a set of favorable circumstances in hiring the best designer, architect, and notably, his chef and management team.”
“She is a consummate professional and an excellent sounding board,” said owner Keith Shanks. He proceeded to state, “Her skillful expertise in the commercial real estate marketplace has afforded me the opportunity to make long term decisions about our growth strategies and we are already looking for a third location to launch and Jennifer is already hard at work.”
The 2nd location adds a full menu, very different from their uptown location off Central Ave. Chef Chris Newstrom has developed a menu that will feature shareable appetizers including the assortment choices of bruschettas, pizza, Panini’s, market-fresh fish, New York Strip and more. More importantly, they open up for the brunch menu including the crepes and omelet selections. Also, let’s point out you will see the amazing mural art on the doors inside the restaurant of the owners dogs. The “Rott” in Rott n’ Grapes is named after the family Rottweiler rescues. Hence, RoRo is seen as one of the iconic pups showcased in the restaurant.
If you did not want to dine in the basement or even on ground level, you can opt to dine in the over-the-bar mezzanine that seats 25-30 people. “I know it’s expensive to go vertical, even if the clear heights are there, but Keith actually did it. Had it been 1″ less space, it could not have been built. Now with the mezzanine the restaurant is actually 3 levels when you factor the speakeasy, “The Onyx”, ground floor and the mezzanine,” Hill stated. This is one bistro that will attract hundreds of patrons regularly.