Holy cow and then some! You can’t even imagine how excited I am for these two babies to open up, it’s not just that they are opening up but that they will be so close to me. My response when I got the email was, This place is going to clog my arteries and fill my belly on a daily basis and I can’t wait!!
Scheduled to open in late 2015/early 2016, the newest additions to this restored midcentury modern gem will include the second Arizona location of the famed NYC-based, Danny Meyer crafted Shake Shack restaurant, and the third location of Fox Restaurant Concepts’ popular Flower Child. Along with existing Uptown Plaza tenants such as AJ’s Fine Foods, these new restaurants will help restore this stylish shopping center’s unique mix of local, region and national stores that serve a need for the residents of north-central Phoenix.
A little back story on the new tenants, in case you don’t know anything about them yet. Launched in 2001 as a simple hotdog cart in a Manhattan park by one of the world’s premier restaurateurs (yes, you, Danny Meyer), Shake Shake serves up high quality versions of classic American roadside eats. As only the fourth Shake Shack west of the Mississippi, patrons at the Phoenix location will enjoy all the Shack classics, from delicious 100% all-natural, antibiotic-free Angus beef burgers (no hormones added ever) and griddled-crisp flat-top dogs to crispy crinkle cut fries, plus a selection of fresh-made frozen custard concretes featuring local Valley purveyors. Also coming to Uptown Plaza, Flower Child is one of the newest offerings from Fox Restaurants Concepts, which began with a single restaurant in Tucson in 1998 and has since grown to include 15 concepts and 40 locations and counting. Flower Child offers healthy food for a happy world and will be located on the southern side of the center.
Scheduled for completion in fall 2015, with additional tenants to be announced later this summer, Phase 1 of the Uptown Plaza restoration is well underway. Starting with peeling away decades of stucco and clutter, during the delicate demolition process the design team has already uncovered 50’s-era details such as original hand-painted signage on the red brick storefronts. “We’re working to ensure that Uptown Plaza will once again be a neighborhood landmark that will thrive for generations to come,” Scholl says.