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What’s New in Tempe, Arizona – February 2017
Cactus League Spring Training Baseball Slides Back to Tempe
Cactus League Spring Training Baseball will return to Arizona February 24-April 1, 2017. Arizona is home to 15 Major League Baseball teams that will call the Sonoran Desert home as they prepare for the upcoming 2017 regular season.
Tempe is the spring training home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Angels play at Tempe Diablo Stadium, where they will take on rivals from other Cactus League teams, including the Mariners, Cubs, Giants, Rockies and the Rangers. At Tempe Marketplace, an outdoor shopping center, baseball fans will be able to park for free and take a free trolley to Sloan Park, home of the Cubs.
For ticket information, a complete game schedule and more details, please visit www.tempebaseball.com.
Beyond the Bricks – Thursday Night Live
Don’t miss Beyond the Bricks – Thursday Night Live, a new concert series in Downtown Tempe’s Hayden Square Amphitheater. The event features music from local bands, and food, wine and beer available for purchase. This event is held on Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. through May 2017.
6th Street Market
Another new event in Downtown Tempe is the 6th Street Market on Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The 6th Street Market blends live music, vendors selling artwork and locally made items and other interactive elements such as community yoga and art projects. This market runs from now-May 2017.
Tempe Restaurant News
Tempe Public Market
Following the massive success of Phoenix Public Market Café in downtown Phoenix, Valley restaurateur Aaron Chamberlin and brother David Chamberlin will bring this popular dining concept to the East Valley with the opening of Tempe Public Market Café. The 3,200-square-foot restaurant will be located on the northeast corner of Rural and Warner Roads and is slated to open this summer.
Offering the same concept as the downtown café, the Tempe restaurant will serve as a new urban hangout in South Tempe. Like its sister restaurant, the breakfast, lunch and dinner eatery will offer a simple, health-focused menu of sandwiches, salads, slow-cooked meats and pastries along with a full bar.
Matt’s Big Breakfast
Popular Phoenix restaurant Matt’s Big Breakfast opened its new location in Downtown Tempe along Tempe Town Lake in the Marina Heights development. The Tempe restaurant is owner Matt Pool’s fourth location in the metro Phoenix area. Matt’s Big Breakfast features an all-day breakfast and lunch menu. The restaurant has indoor seating for up to 120 people as well as an outdoor patio.
Craft Beer News
Downtown Tempe’s Pedal Haus Brewery expanded its brewing capacity and re-launched this fall
Pedal Haus Brewery, a certified hit from the first moment it brewed up last Sept. in Downtown Tempe, just unveiled a fresh look. The locally owned brewpub and beer garden concept on Mill Avenue closed for an expansive remodel this summer and reopened in late September 2016. The expanded restaurant, founded by acclaimed restaurateur Julian Wright of Fork and Dagger Inc., includes an increased brewing capacity, private dining room, enhanced patio area and beer garden and expanded beer selection.
The new brewery, with the help of its brewmaster, Derek “Doc” Osborne, produces beers such as the Belgian-style Witbier, Pilsner, IPA, and English ESB. The restaurant’s interior has been redesigned to create a darker, pub-like environment and the food menu features new dishes. Patrons will also be able to take brewery tours.
The 6,000 square-foot patio at Pedal Haus Brewery was updated to provide a lush, inviting beer garden oasis with an indoor/outdoor bar and yard games such as ping-pong, corn hole, and ladder ball.
Tempe-based Huss Brewing Co. Acquires Papago Brewing Company
Huss Brewing Co., the award-winning quality lager and aleworks brewery based in Tempe, is proud to announce the acquisition of the landmark craft beer brand, Papago Brewing Company in Scottsdale. Led by the husband and wife team of Leah and Jeff Huss, Huss Brewing Co. was founded in 2013 and was already recognized as the state’s fastest-growing brewery and #13 in the nation among New Craft beer entries, according to the national research firm, IRI. Now, following the acquisition of Papago Brewing Company and its best-selling Papago Orange Blossom mandarin wheat beer, the newly combined Huss Family of Beers is forecasted to finish 2016 as the new #3 largest brewery in Arizona based on industry standard Nielsen scan data (behind Four Peaks and SanTan).
Huss Brewing Co. Sales Chief, Chip Mulala says, “this strategic acquisition positions the Huss Brewing Family of Beers for the foreseeable future. We can now effectively manage the growth of all of our brands under one umbrella. Arizona craft beer is growing at a rapid pace but maintaining consistency, quality and relevance is paramount. This deal makes sure all of this will happen across the board.”
Four Peaks Brewing Company completes expansion
The Four Peaks Brewing Company original location on Eighth Street added 2,000 square feet by acquiring the building next door. The new space includes a new entrance to the brewery, a new bar, retail shop and larger patio with a bocce ball court. The new bar has 20 taps and can accommodate customers waiting for a table or a brewery tour. There is also an automated growler refill station. Customers can also purchase merchandise such as T-shirts, growlers, water bottles and backpacks.
The Shop Beer Co. now open
The owners of the former Cartel Brewery just opened at a new location with a new name. Now called The Shop Beer Co., this brewery features a taproom, a patio and space for beer production. The Shop Beer Co. doesn’t have a kitchen, but they do have space for food trucks serving lunch and dinner items daily.
Bike Share coming to Tempe
Tempe is working to bring the regional bicycle sharing program GR:D to the community in April 2017. GR:D bikes are currently available in Phoenix and Mesa. Tempe plans to launch the for-rent public bike program with 300 bikes and 31 stations.
Station locations are targeted to reach the highest bike ridership parts of the community, major destinations (Tempe Town Lake, Mill Avenue, Tempe Public Library, etc.), bikeways and the ASU campus, as well as link to the regional light rail system and the streetcar route. Bike share programs support greater access to more sustainable transportation and reduce dependency on automobiles. Rental use is by the hour, month or year.
Arts & Culture
Updates to Frank Lloyd Wright-designed ASU Gammage set for March 2017 Completion
ASU Gammage, its donors and the community helped raise more than $9 million during the Elevate & Alleviate Campaign. It’s part of the venue’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gammage Initiative to provide much needed improvements that included additional restroom facilities and two elevators allowing access to all levels.
This plan calls for additional Women’s Restrooms and Elevators that will increase the accessibility of the venue by adding elevators allowing access to all levels. The long lines at the women’s restrooms have been one of the most frequent issues that patrons experience at ASU Gammage. “I’ve always thought the longest lines at ASU Gammage should be reserved for the actors on stage and not for our patrons trying to use the restroom. Now with the support of our patrons that will soon be the case,” says Peter Means, Senior Director of Development at ASU Gammage.
ASU Gammage is presenting the 2016-2017 Desert Schools Broadway Across America – Arizona season. Upcoming shows include:
MATILDA THE MUSICAL: February 7-12, 2017
FINDING NEVERLAND: March 14-19, 2017
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS: April 18-23, 2017
THE BOOK OF MORMON: May 18-28, 2017
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME: June 20-25, 2017
For more information, visit www.asugammage.com.
Western POP tells the true story of the wild, wild West
The Western POP exhibition at the Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) peels back some of the mythology and history of the American West. The exhibit opens to the public on January 13 and will be on display until May 6, 2017. Visitors can see artwork, memorabilia, music and historical displays that all will celebrate the nostalgia that’s tied to the Western genre. Guests can enjoy works by both local and national artists. Admission to the Gallery at TCA is always free.
Childsplay presents Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat
January 14-February 19, 2017
Tempe Center for the Arts
Cactus League Spring Training
February 24-April 1, 2017
Tempe Diablo Stadium and other stadiums in metro Phoenix
March 11-12, 2017
Tempe Beach Park
Arizona Dragon Boat Festival
March 25-26, 2017
Tempe Town Lake (north shore)
Tempe Festival of the Arts
March 31-April 2, 2017