The folks behind Cobra Arcade Bar in downtown Phoenix introduce a new addition to their arcade and this time, it’s all about pinball. The Stardust Lounge will house 20 different pinball machines and is located in one of the vacant spots inside the Van Buren music venue, on the corner of 4th Ave. and Van Buren. The other building will become a pizza joint called Ziggy’s. Stardust is planning to open in August. For more: cobraarcadebar.com.
SKY HARBOR TOURS
Twice a month the folks at the airport offer guided tours for groups up to 30 people. Speakers typically provide an airport overview, historical background, customer amenities and improvement projects. Check out the new services, restaurants, stores and terminal renovations. For more: skyharbor.com/tours.
JUNK IN THE TRUNK
Coming this fall, the folks behind Junk in the Trunk are bringing their market to a brick-and-mortar business. Located at 4418 E. Osborn Road, The Vintage Arcadia will have curated gifts, artisan goods and home décor and will partner with Chestnut for farm-to-table dining experiences. To stay up to date, visit thevintagearcadia.com.
A new restaurant concept is set to open up in Fall 2019 at Desert Ridge, located at Tatum Blvd. and the 101. Settled in between Sweet Tomatoes and Majerle’s lies Comic X – a restaurant dedicated to all things comic book. Patrons will be surrounded by 8,000 square feet of comic nostalgia from the past 60 years, including life-size statues and décor. Originally a concept out of Mexico, this will be the first Comic X restaurant in the U.S. Stay tuned for the opening date: shopdesertridge.com.
CHIVALRY, RIVALRY, REVELRY
Located near Talking Stick Resort on Via de Ventura west of the Loop 101 is a place that will take you all the way back to the Middle Ages. Medieval Times finally opened its doors in late July and welcomes all ages to enjoy jousting, sword fighting, costumed performers and a four-course meal fit for a king or queen. Ticket prices range from $35 to $45 with VIP packages available. This is the 10th Medieval Times to open and the first for Arizona. For more: medievaltimes.com.
LOOK AT THAT SKIN GLOW
Vibrant Skin Bar will be opening its second location at the end of August at 4325 E. Indian School. From the website: “Our mission at Vibrant Skin Bar is to create the brightest version of you. Treating the whole person from the inside out to not only look and feel great but to glow in the vibrations of health.” For more: vibrantskinbar.com.
THAI TO GO
Thai Chili 2 Go has opened its newest location at the Camelback Colonnade, 1949 E. Camelback Road. This fast-casual dining spot first opened in Queen Creek in May of 2015 and the Biltmore becomes its eighth location thus far. Popular dishes include Drunken Noodles, Pad Thai and various curry dishes plus rice and noodles and hot and sour soup. For more: tc2go.com.
Coming soon to the Phoenix area is a new art concept. Shaneland Arts will offer an art gallery, creativity coaching, art classes taught by experienced instructors and a retail art shop with handcrafted, artisan creations. This eclectic art emporium will be located at 301 E. Camelback Road and will be opening on August 17. For more: shanelandarts.com.
PREP THE BREAKFAST
Tucson-based Prep and Pastry eatery is set to open its first location in the area in September. Located at the Scottsdale Waterfront on Camelback and Scottsdale Road, this brunch joint will offer breakfast and lunch specialties and an extensive “breakfast drink” menu, including specialty cocktails, mimosas, sangria and cold brew coffee. For more: prepandpastry.com.