On October 24th, Sonata’s Restaurant and Restart Bar opens its doors in Scottsdale, introducing residents to a breadth of authentic dishes inspired by Lithuanian, German, Polish, Hungarian, Ukrainian, Russian, Spanish, French, Irish and other European cuisines.
Many of the dishes are inspired by restaurant owner and namesake Sonata
Molocajeviene Tuft’s own recipes. The Lithuanian-born Paradise Valley resident says,
“We wanted to take the best foods from all over Europe and bring them to Scottsdale.” Comforting European dishes with an American twist such as Homemade Dumplings with Mushroom Sauce and Chicken Kiev make up Sonata’s lunch and dinner menu.
COO and Chief Designer Deividas Molocajevas says, “There’s is nothing like Sonatas European inspired cuisine and atmosphere, which consists of a balance of glamorous soft furniture and an artsy mix of earthy and industrial components.” On weekends, the brunch menu features Sonata’s European Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar, along with specials like the Hangover Soup. For early birds and on-the-go types, the Restart Juice bar serves up freshly squeezed organic juices, smoothies, Italian coffee, healthy “grab and go” items from salads to sandwiches, and a variety of European pastries, muffins and cookies.
Laura Bucas. Andrew cut his chops in the industry washing dishes at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria in Chicago at just 15 years old. Today he and Laura own two of Chicago’s most successful European restaurants, Grand Dukes and Old Vilnius. Deividas notes, “Laura was a tremendous help throughout the design stages — my right hand. We consistently consulted each other though out build out.”
Executive Chef Josh Bracher was appointed to lead the kitchen staff, and was instrumental in menu creation along with the ownership team. The Arizona Culinary Institute graduate has worked at some of the Valley’s most popular restaurants including Posh, Tanzy and Second Story Liquor Bar. Bracher deeply explored the Lithuanian cuisine to bring the best of it, along with other European cuisine, to Sonata’s menu.
General Manager Barney Pappas joins Sonata’s all the way from the East Coast, where he spent much of his career in the restaurant industry. Beginning with waiting tables at
a small neighborhood restaurant, he then moved on to management roles in some of the finest dining establishments in Boston.
Sonata’s interior design incorporates European finishes mixed with Deividas’ own style concepts with a tribute to Sonata. One of the most impressive visual elements of the new design is a stunning artistic portrait of the spirited redhead herself. The dining area features a variety of seating options from plush booths to high-bar tables for larger groups. “We wanted to display a clean, modern look combined with glamour,” he explains. The large patio features a bar, and elements of an upscale-yet-comfortable backyard such as artificial grass and fire pits.
The happy hour menu runs from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., and Sonata’s nightlife atmosphere features live entertainment Thursday through Saturday with reverse happy hour from 11:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. Restaurant hours are Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Sonata’s
Restaurant is located at 10050 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 127 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
For more, visit www.sonatasrestaurant.com or on Facebook.