Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill announces its second Arizona location at Scottsdale Fashion Square, following the success of its first valley location that opened in the Valley, at Tempe Marketplace, in 2011.
The gastropub will open its doors to the public February 2015, and will have 8,500 square feet of interior seating, handcrafted food, 24 craft beers on tap, signature cocktails, and more than 1,500 square feet of prime patio space for enjoying the great weather.
“We are extremely excited to open our newest location in Scottsdale,” says Thirsty Lion CEO John Plew. “Thirsty Lion is the perfect fit for this area of town and we look forward to providing Scottsdale with great service, a diverse menu, local quality ingredients, and a great selection of local craft beer."
This is the second property Thirsty Lion has opened within a Macerich property. In November 2011, Thirsty Lion opened up in Tigard, Oregon, at Washington Square Mall, the success of which spawned the current growth of the brand.
The continued growth of downtown Scottsdale, as well as the addition of Dick's Sporting Goods and Harkins Theater in the center, were all factors in Thirsty Lion’s decision to call Fashion Square its new home. This will be the sixth Thirsty Lion location, following a hugely successful opening in Denver at the new Union Station project.
Thirsty Lion’s culinary commitment is to provide an eclectic variety of cuisines, with an emphasis on local ingredients and bold flavors. A seasonal fresh sheet will focus on the changing season’s offerings, featuring ingredients including fresh seafood, quality meats, and local vegetables and fruits.
The bar will have 24 craft beers on tap, many of which will be local, offering a beer on hand for every plate and every palate. The gastropub also has craft cocktails that utilize combinations of fresh fruit purées, juices, and premium liquors, as well as 25 different wines by the glass.
“We work hard to combine quality ingredients and scratch recipes to create menu items that satisfy the ‘foodie’ in all of us,” says Thirsty Lion Executive Chef Keith Castro. “The flavor profiles are complex, yet blend well in their simplistic approach to create craveable food [and] an intense desire for more.”
Thirsty Lion will incorporate two bars into the space including an indoor/outdoor bar that services the patio, as well as an interior space that can be used for private events. The open exhibition kitchen and centerpiece bar create a sense of community. Multiple flat screens also make it the perfect spot for sports fans to enjoy delicious food, drinks, and friendly service, while cheering on their favorite teams.