Cooper’s Corner Neighborhood Update 3-1-18

SCOTTSDALE FASHION SQUARE MALL CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

If you have visited the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall recently then you have see a lot of changes – both inside where they are doing nightly interior renovation work and outside around the North-west corner entrance that has been recently closed to make way for the Luxury expansion entrance and new restaurants (see below) currently being built. For those who previously used this entrance, your best bet is to enter through Dillards until the renovation work is completed later this year. I have been talking with the mall marketing manager during my daily Cooper dog walks plan to continue to provide updates as I receive them. You can also visit their website for more details as well.

For those of us living along Highland Avenue, you have no doubt seen the new construction signs and street closures to through-traffic as well. The mall plans to build a wall along the south side if Highland avenue and the current construction barricades have severely limited the amount of grass that your dog can still walk on (or whatever else they do there) so make sure to chose your dog walking routes accordingly. The original estimates for completion of the construction was October of 2018 and I will keep you posted on that timeline as I continue to receive updates from the mall.

 

TWO NEW RESTAURANTS HEADING OUR WAY IN LATE 2018…

Two of the hottest new restaurants scheduled to open in late 2018 are OCEAN 44 and Toca Madera. Here is a little background on both…

Ocean 44:

Ocean44

If you are familiar with and currently enjoy Steak 44 (or favorite) or Dominicks Steakhouse in Scottsdale, then you should love Ocean 44. All three of these restaurants are owned by the original Mastro family. We are told that Ocean 44 will be very similar to Steak 44 so if you like both the steak and seafood options at Steak 44, then Ocean 44 won’t let you down. Naturally Ocean 44 will lead with seafood but we should also expect the same or similar non-seafood menu items we can currently get at Steak 44. The new 120,000 square foot restaurant is being built on the location of the old Camelview 14 movie theater and even though many of us were sad to see the old theater go we were hoping for a a great new restaurant to replace it and Ocean 44 looks like it will be the hottest new restaurant to open in Scottsdale in 2018!

Toca Madera: Toca Madera ScottsdaleMy husband Dustin has been to the first Toca Madera restaurant located in West Hollywood. If this location is anything like the West Hollywood spot (which it mostly likely will be), you can expect a very vibrant and hip location with louder DJ-driven music and high-quality but smaller portion dishes (similar to a tapas restaurant). So if you are looking for a higher-energy, hip crowd this could be a great location for you. Just don’t expect a quiet atmosphere where it is easy to have group conversations – save that for another location. But if you love an fine Mexican food along with a wide assortment of tequila and mezcals, then Toca Madera could be high on your list in late 2018.

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