When Del Webb built the original Uptown Plaza in 1955, most of the anchors for the shopping destination were retailers like Bostrom’s department store and Porters apparel. But since getting a major facelift last year, the plaza is banking on dining as the new draw — Sam Fox’s Flower Child was the first restaurant to open, with New York City-based Shake Shack and popular Chicago pie joint Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria scheduled to follow by spring 2016.
It’s difficult to imagine now, as the light rail whizzes by and cars snake through congestion during rush hour, but the intersection of Central Avenue and Camelback Road was once considered part of the ‘burbs. When the iconic shopping center Uptown Plaza opened there in August 1955, the area was so fringe that it was county land, outside Phoenix city limits.Full Article >
Muse Apparel is the first new tenant to open at Uptown Plaza, which has been undergoing a massive renovation since mid-2014. The 10-year-old women’s clothing boutique, previously at Seventh Street and Glendale Avenue, occupies a space next to AJ’s Fine Foods. Uptown Plaza, which marks its 60th anniversary today, is at Camelback Road and Central Avenue.Full Article >
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria is going the way of the Cubs, White Sox and many of their fans, and setting up an outpost in Arizona. According to restaurant officials, it’ll be the first to open out of state for the 44-year-old iconic Chicago-area chain.Full Article >
In its 45th year in business, Lou Malnati’s is finally taking its first step out of Illinois. Following the Chicago Cubs and the region’s snowbirds, the 42-restaurant Northbrook-based pizza purveyor signed a lease in central Phoenix last week and plans to open a sprawling, 250-seat restaurant in the spring.Full Article >
When legendary developer Del Webb built Uptown Plaza in 1955, he created a “downtown shopping experience” in the central city. With restaurants such as the swanky Navarre’s and retailers such Jerand’s of Arizona fashions and Piggly Wiggly grocery store, the center, which had a modern look, was a draw for diners and shoppers alike.Full Article >
People are quickly realizing the importance of saving what once was considered old, and how preserving those layers of history is cool. David Scholl and Walter Crutchfield of Vintage Partners have been involved in historic development for a few years. Each project is bigger and better than the last and, admittedly, they learn something new each and every time.Full Article >
There are lots of conversations these days about how to preserve, enhance and contribute to an authentic sense of place in our urban core. And while not all projects are as successful as some would like, increasingly we’re seeing innovative, adaptive reuse renovations along the Central corridor.Full Article >
Phoenix’s Uptown Plaza is bringing back the past. The Uptown Plaza, anchored by AJ’s Fine Foods at Central and Camelback, is about to get a makeover — or — make-under.
Underneath layers of stucco from the 70’s, developers found 60-year-old brick from Phoenix’s earlier days.Full Article >Watch Video >
Fox Restaurant Concepts spokeswoman Anita Walker, said the company is working on opening a Flower Child location in the center. Fox introduced Flower Child, a healthy fast casual restaurant in April 2014 with a location on 44th Street and Camelback Road in Phoenix.Full Article >