Short Leash Hot Dog contest - moShort Leash Hot Dogs restaurant celebrates first anniversary with hot-dog eating contest

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Short Leash Hot Dogs is usually known for its signature dogs, but on Wednesday all the attention was on the seven people who participated in the restaurant’s inaugural Man vs. Dog hot-dog-eating contest. The competition was held to celebrate the first anniversary of Short Leash’s brick-and-mortar restaurant and National Hot Dog Day. Read story

Downtown Dining: Grand Avenue Pizza Company

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New pizza locale Grand Avenue Pizza Company mixes a classic diner feel, simple yet expertly crafted pies, and unconventional hours to give downtown Phoenix the casual pizza joint it was missing. Read story

U.S. vs. Belgium: Five places in downtown Phoenix to watch the big World Cup game

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Downtown Devil offers five downtown Phoenix venues to watch the U.S. take on Belgium in the World Cup. Read story

Phoenix Public Market Cafe celebrates first anniversary with community get-together

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Phoenix Public Market Cafe’s first birthday party brought together community members for an evening of music, conversation and of course, food. Read story

Downtown Dining: First Draft Book Bar

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Resting inside The Newton on the corner of Third Avenue and Camelback Road, First Draft fits well in the repurposed space. Wine and beer will likely be the stars of First Draft’s menu, but the coffee portion holds its own. In addition to hot coffee and toddy, they offer a standard selection of espresso beverages and teas. Read story

Historic DeSoto building will feature a restaurant, bar and marketplace

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The C.P. Stephens DeSoto Six Motorcars building in downtown Phoenix is being transformed into the DeSoto Central Marketplace, a market featuring restaurants, locally grown food and a bar. The soon-to-be-renovated building sits between the Roosevelt Neighborhood Historic District and the Roosevelt Row Arts District. Read story

Phoenix Public Market Cafe owner nominated for Chef of the Year award

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Aaron Chamberlin likes being the boss. The chef and owner of casual Phoenix Public Market Café and upscale St. Francis has been in the culinary business since he was a 14-year-old dishwasher. Today, he thrives on his curiosity to make people happy. Read story

New restaurant 'The Local' will incorporate community art and cater to younger crowds

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The Local, a new contemporary American restaurant with a global edge, is set to expand the palates of Phoenix’s growing arts district along Roosevelt Row. The restaurant will be located near Third and Roosevelt streets next to Pallets Food & Bar and will pay tribute to its name by incorporating food and decor from local vendors. Read story

Bragg's celebrates first anniversary with musical performance and vegan cuisine

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Bragg’s Factory Diner, located on Grand Avenue, celebrated its first anniversary with seven employee-based bands that played in the warehouse behind the restaurant, as well as a pie-eating contest. Read story

Coffee shop, food truck collaborate to present Shine and Dine lunchtime event

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For the past six weeks, the Short Leash Hot Dogs food truck has parked in front of Shine Coffee on Vernon Avenue every Wednesday to create “Shine and Dine,” a lunchtime collaboration event. Read story