AZ Republic – 5 restaurants making CityNorth debut in 08

Michael Clancy
The Arizona Republic
May. 15, 2007 10:38 AM

The first tenants of the CityNorth development in northeast Phoenix were announced this week, with five restaurants that will debut next year.

Related Companies and Thomas J. Klutznick Company announced the signings for the High Street District, the first that will be completed at the 144-acre development at Loop 101 and 56th Street.

Nordstrom’s, a department store, was announced earlier, but it is not likely to open until 2009.


The High Street District, just off Deer Valley Road east of Desert Ridge Marketplace, will feature street-level retail stores and restaurants, along with upper level offices, luxury condominius and town homes. When finished, High Street will include more than 1 million square feet of space.

“We are assembling a carefully planned nexus of exceptional cafes, restaurants and bars for CityNorth’s initial phase. Our plan is to create an unparalleled destination for dining in Phoenix in much the same way we did at Time Warner Center in New York,” said Ken Himmel, president and CEO of Related Urban, the division of Related Companies known for creating the landmark Time Warner Center

The restaurants announced Monday are:

• Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (approx. 8,510 square feet) – The Columbus, Ohio-based restaurateur will present a signature fine-dining concept featuring a wide selection of steaks and seafood at CityNorth. The company has nine different restaurant chains in the upper Midwest.

• Il Fornaio (approx. 7,800 square feet) – The Italian chain based in California operates in four Western states.

• Daily Grill (approx. 7,600 square feet) – The Los Angeles chain operates in eight states, serving traditional grill recipes.

• Kona Grill (approx. 7,000 square feet) – Kona, based in Phoenix, operates in 16 states, with signature American grill entrees with an Asian twist.

• Blue Martini Lounge (approx. 6,300 square feet) – Blue Martini, a Florida-based company, serves martinis and tapas. This would be its first Western location.

Webber Hudson, executive vice president of Related who worked out the deals for the restaurants, said one more restaurant would be announced soon, and that retail shops would be announced next month. He said 70 percent of the High Street retail space already is committed.

“Great care is taken to define and protect different concepts,” Hudson said. “We also look for restaurants that are not necessarily in the market. That will be a defining difference for us.”

The High Street District’s restaurant collection will take full advantage of Phoenix’s climate by incorporating outdoor spaces and open-air views from each establishment. Related Companies and the Klutznick company have worked together for more than 25 years developing some of the nation’s landmark mixed-use destinations, including Boston’s Copley Place, Virginia’s Reston Town Center and Chicago’s 730 North Michigan Avenue.

Andrew Holm